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Jamie Oliver Wins Chocolate Milk Battle

Written by PETA | June 17, 2011

On his TV show, Food Revolution, chef Jamie Oliver filled a school bus with sand to illustrate the amount of added sugar that Los Angeles students consume every year in flavored milk. The stunt apparently paid off this week when the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board voted to ban chocolate and strawberry milk from school cafeterias, making LAUSD the largest school district in the country to ban flavored milk.

Flavored milk contains 20 to 27 grams of sugar per serving, which Oliver points out is the equivalent of a candy bar. Other unwanted ingredients in milk include saturated fat, cholesterol, antibioticshormones, and even pus. Studies suggest that milk consumption may contribute to allergies, constipation, recurrent ear infections, iron-deficiency anemia, acne, juvenile diabetes, and even cancer.

As part of their effort to improve school lunches, officials are also proposing a $50 million contract with Five Star Gourmet Foods to provide meatless meals to students that would include vegetable pad Thai with peanut sauce and California sushi rolls. Take that, mystery meat!

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Jen says:

    Jamie is talking about flavored milk because usually manufacturers put a lot of sugar in it, and preservatives, etc. Not because of dairy. In fact, if you watched his show, you’ll see he has nothing against dairy milk (just not flavored).

  • LetThemEatCake says:

    In one of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution he asked students in the L.A. School District some basic food questions on where there food comes from, like cheese, milk, and other items. The majority of the students failed to identify where their food comes from. If you want to curb obesity educate the students and parents. Allow for them to make better choices rather than just removing things. Chocolate and strawberry milk have both pluses and minuses but children do need to have choices in what they eat in order for them to choose when they are away from school.

  • Denise says:

    I have been to medical school and know quite a bit. Dairy and no other food directly contribute to acne on your face or any where else. I know I consume dairy from local farms around here and my face is perfectly clear as is a lot of other people I know. Honestly you guys needs to get more of your facts straight before posting them out there.

  • ljk says:

    They should do this for every school-it’s ridiculous! Since going vegan, I feel so much better and have even lost weight, other school districts should pay close attention and do the same for their students.

  • 4mula1 says:

    jm isnt vegan, (hes a drunk) the problem ISNT chocolate milk, its chocolate DAIRY milk. hes still WRONG!.. he should have got them to use chocolate SOY (or almond) milk (thinks he knows it all). dairy milk is for baby cows (

  • Hana Bakemono says:

    Milk contains Biotin (for strengthening hair and nails.), Iodine (production of acetic acid and polymers), Magnesium (essential to all living cells), Pantothenic acid (synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), Potassium (key mechanism in nerve transmission), Riboflavin (key role in energy metabolism), Selenium (necessary for cellular function), Thiamine(prevents a disease called beriberi affecting the peripheral nervous system), Vitamin A ( is needed by the retina of the eye), Vitamin B12 (a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system),, Vitamins D (produced in the skin of vertebrates after exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or artificial sources), Vitamin K (mostly required for blood coagulation but also involved in metabolic pathways in bone and other tissue) and Calcium (essential for living organisms, particularly in cell physiology). Harvard School of Public Health identified a substance in dairy fat, trans-palmitoleic acid, that may substantially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in 2010 while in 2006, those who consume full dairy products may increase in fertility for women. Chocolate milk aids in recovery when taken after intense athletic workouts, may reduce inflammation and slow or prevent the development of atherosclerosis and just like candy bars, people should learn that, though it’s chocolate and tastes good, you shouldn’t eat it constantly but be used as a treat from time to time. Self-control and common sense can prevent all this. Also, it’s impossible to get pus from udders of a cow and if the milk is infected, the cow is medically treated after being milked and the milk is thrown out. Know your facts before preaching about it.

  • Summer Lover says:

    There are so many allergies (acne, digestive system)related to milk. Do cows even drink it after they are weaned? … why should we? Some vegetables are a good source of calcium as well, like broccoli, spinach, collard greens. And to boot they are very low in fat 🙂

  • Curtis Taylor says:

    Way to go, L.A.!

  • Lay10 says:

    Here’s a solution to this “Chocolate Milk Dilemma”. MojoMilk ( is an all-natural chocolate milk mix that is added to milk (or milk substitute) to provide a delicious chocolate milk. But MojoMilk contains 60% fewer calories than leading brands and also delivers 10x more active probiotics than yogurt. This helps with immune function and digestive health.

  • holdonaminute says:

    hold the peanut sauce, too many kids with allergies

  • MeganAshley says:

    I heard about schools banning chocolate and strawberry milk and thought they were crazy for it. But now I understand why.