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Chocolate milk in schools

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A big push is underway to keep chocolate milk on school lunch menus.  It comes after chocolate milk has come under fire by some educators and obesity activists.

The ad campaign, by the same people who make the ''got milk'' commercials, emphasizes that sugary flavorings are ways to get kids to drink milk.  The group says without milk, kids will lose out on nutrients.

Opponents say kids get too much sugar, which is heightening America's obesity problem.

Doctors say chocolate milk is cheaper than sugar water and is a good source for Vitamin D, Calciuim and protein.

Waterloo Schools has no plans of removing chocolate milk from the menu.  Cedar Rapids Schools pulled chocolate milk from a few schools several years ago.  Food and Nutrition Manager at Cedar Rapids Schools Suzy Ketelsen says that caused an increase in waste.  Ketelsen says the nutritional benefits of milk cannot be realized if the milk is going down the drain.

In a KWWL Viewer poll conducted Tuesday, 79 percent of people said chocolate milk should be allowed on school lunch menus.  14 percent said it should be allowed only on certain days.  7 percent said it should not be allowed.  Those results were canvassed at 5:45 p.m.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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