Milk in Schools

IDFA Key Issues . . .

Recognizing that many schools want to reduce the sugar content in all their menu offerings, many milk processors across the country have proactively reformulated flavored milk to lower its added sugars, fat and total calories, while preserving its nutritional value. These new products aim for 150 calories and less than 25 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving, while striving to provide a product with a taste students will accept so they will continue to choose and enjoy drinking this nutritious beverage.

“It’s important for parents and school professionals to recognize the implications of removing chocolate milk from school meals,” said Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, RD, a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont. “Milk ranks among the top sources of calcium, vitamin D, protein, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin A,” Johnson said. “Schools would need to re-plan their menus to ensure they deliver the important nutrients that are lost due to reduced milk consumption.”
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