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Removing Flavored Milk from Schools Can Have Unintended Consequences

Aug 21, 2013

An observational study conducted in 51 elementary schools in California, Colorado and Illinois evaluated the impact of the schools' decision to eliminate or reduce access to flavored milk offered with school meals.

Removing flavored milk for one to five days resulted in an average 37.4 percent decline in total milk consumption; the children purchased 26 percent less milk and threw away 11.4 percent more of the milk they purchased.

The August issue of “Dairy Research Insights” features this study, along with highlights from other nutrition, product and sustainability research.

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