After 5-2 vote on the dairy contract Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District has become the largest district in the U.S. to ban flavored milk (chocolate and strawberry) from school cafeterias. Lowfat, soy and Lactaid mill will be made available instead. And although the milk has stolen the spotlight, the cafeteria menus will be getting an overhaul as well.
Chicken nuggets and corn dogs are being phased out and options like tortellini and sushi will be made available.
The LA schools hope these changes will help combat childhood obesity.
Responding to Tuesday's decision, Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver said, "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 set his recent "Food Revolution" reality TV series in Los Angeles, and loaded a school bus with sand to demonstrate LA students' sugar consumption.
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