Chocolate milk stirring up controversy in schools

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by CNN

KMOV.com

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 12:22 PM

As childhood obesity continues to increase the federal government, along with local school systems, are looking at ways to cut calories and provide healthier lunches to their students.

That includes salad bars, cooking from scratch and healthier drinks. But one drink in particular is creating a lot of controversy.

Chocolate milk has always been sort of the "bad boy" of the lunch room. High in fat, calories and sugar, the average eight-ounce carton once carried about 29 grams of sugar and around 200 calories.

Now a lot of public school systems have been taking it off their shelves in order to fight childhood obesity. But some students are refusing to drink unflavored milk. They are even holding boycotts.

The USDA is telling schools that serve flavored milk that it should be fat free and low in calories. Many dairy processors have substituted the high fructose corn syrup with regular sugar. But doctors say sugar is sugar.

For most kids and their parents, cutting fat and revising the formula seems to work. One county put a non-fat version of chocolate milk on their shelves because they felt it was a better alternative than no milk at all.

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