The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to officially remove flavored milk from cafeterias as of July 1st.
LAUSD voted 5-2 on a new dairy contract that will exclude chocolate and strawberry flavored milk in an effort to provide healthier meals and fight childhood obesity. The types of milk offered in cafeterias will be nonfat plain, low-fat, soy, and Lactaid milks.
With today's decision, LAUSD becomes the largest district in America to ban flavored milk, and is expected to lead the way for more schools and districts to follow, as it had with the 2004 soda ban.
According to superintendent John Deasy, plain milk is healthier as it contains less sugar.
Many parents are in support of banning chocolate and strawberry milk, but some are worried that kids won't eat their lunches without it. 60% of milk cartons consumed by kids at school are flavored.
Jamie Oliver, a British food activist who is out to change the eating habits of America via his reality show Food Revolution, released a statement Tuesday morning that he couldn't be happier with the possible ban of flavored milk, now officially approved.
This is a giant step forward for the health and future of 680,000 kids in Los Angeles, and leads the way for more school districts around the country to follow, Oliver said.