Banning chocolate milk in Oregon schools causes waste, lower milk consumption, study finds

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Researchers at Cornell University discovered in a study conducted in Oregon that removing chocolate milk from schools had some unintended consequences.

The scientists removed chocolate milk from 11 schools and then studied the reaction. They found that students tossed nearly 30 percent of the white milk that was offered and that some kids even stopped eating school lunches.

They also said that while many children switched to white milk, overall milk consumption dropped by 10 percent. Though students on average consumed less sugar and fewer calories, they also consumed less protein and calcium.

The study did not identify the 11 schools.

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