| A LOOK AT SCHOOL MILK IN THE NORTHWEST…
Milk served at school looks different than milk bought at the grocery store or milk you would make at home.
- School milk has been formulated so that, on average, flavored milk provides:
- 10 grams (2.5 teaspoons) or less of added sugar
- 40 more calories per serving and
- The same 9 essential nutrients as white milk
Milk served in schools is regulated by the 2015 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act which requires schools to serve low-fat or fat-free white milk or fat-free flavored milk.
White milk and flavored milk taste good and provide three "nutrients of concern" that children do not get enough of - calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
Drinking white or flavored milk helps kids get the three daily servings of dairy recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and provides three of the four "nutrients of concern" that children do not get enough of in the United States.
Research has shown that chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice in schools and kids drink less milk (and get fewer nutrients) if it's taken off the menu:
Flavored milk accounts for less than 3.5 percent of added sugar intake among children ages 6-12 and less than 2 percent of the added sugar among teens. Studies have shown that children who drink flavored milk meet more of their nutrient needs; do not consume more added sugar, fat or calories; and do not weigh more than non-milk drinkers.
Milk provides nutrients essential for good health and kids will drink more when it's flavored.