Schools Banning Chocolate Milk Thanks to Jamie Oliver?

by | April 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM | General, TV News

Jamie Oliver took his “Food Revolution” on the road Tuesday night, making a stop on Jimmy Kimmel’s hot seat… and he wasn’t alone. After battling the Los Angeles Unified School District on “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” for the opportunity to revamp the school’s lunch menu, Jamie finally got a break.

New L.A. Unified School Superintendent John Deasy joined Jamie on Kimmel’s stage and confirmed his support of Oliver’s efforts. He also took his moment in the spotlight to announce he’ll be recommending to the Board of Education that flavored milk (chocolate, strawberry, etc.) be removed from cafeterias.

It made for good television! Watch Jamie Oliver on “Kimmel.”

This issue is not confined to L.A. area schools. “Flavored milk is not the nutritional equivalent of unflavored milk,” Marlene Schulz, PHD, explained in a recent Huffington Post Health article entitled Chocolate Milk In Schools: Should It Be Banned? “It is significantly higher in calories, sugar, and sodium, and usually contains artificial colors and flavors.”

Jamie backs these facts up on “Kimmel.”

“There’s more sugar per once in flavored milk than there is in a can of soda,” he explained to the audience.

Oliver has been looking for the kind of support he received from Deasy since beginning his mission to overhaul unhealthy school lunch menus.

Oliver launched his attack on processed food in England then crossed the pond to help the people of Huntington, W.V., one of the unhealthiest cities in America. After his success in Huntingdon, Jamie moved on to LA, where he’s found much more opposition from the School District.

Tune in to “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” Tuesdays at 8/7c to find out what happens next on his culinary crusade. You can set your DVR here.