Schools Prep for a "New" Lunch Line

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Friday, April 13, 2012

As schools are hard at work adding more whole grains and boosting fruits and veggies to revamp school lunch menus in line with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new school lunch guidelines, chocolate milk has already undergone a makeover that schools, parents and kids can all feel good about.

Starting this summer, all chocolate milk served for school lunch will be lower in calories and sugar, with no fat, yet with all the same essential nutrients.

Over the past five years, the nation's milk processors have been hard at work to lower the calories and sugar in school flavored milk, while continuing to deliver a nutritious and delicious drink kids love. School flavored milk now has 38 percent less added sugar than just five years ago and on average, just 31 calories more than white milk. The majority have fewer than 150 calories per serving.(1) The numbers are expected to be even lower when kids return to school next fall, complying with the new guidelines that include fat free and lowfat white milk and fat free chocolate milk on the school lunch line.

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