Removing Chocolate Milk From Schools Caused Plain Milk To Be Wasted

Source: Mary MacVean / Chicago Tribune

Removing chocolate milk from school cafeterias has been promoted over the last few years as a way to reduce the sugar kids consume and decried as a sure way to keep kids from getting the nutrients in milk.

Both might be the case, researchers at Cornell University say.

“On average, milk sales drop by 10%, 29% of white milk gets thrown out, and participation in the school lunch program may also decrease,” reported Andrew Hanks, research associate at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Getting rid of chocolate — or strawberry — milk may reduce calorie and sugar consumption, but students also consumed less protein and calcium, Hanks and colleagues said in a study published this week in the online journal PLOS One.

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