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Jamie Oliver Shows How Much Sugar Is in Flavored Milk in L.A. Schools (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 1:21AM
'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' season premiereLast season, 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) went to Huntington, W.V., one of America's unhealthiest cities. This year, he was off to one of its largest. Once there, he met resistance at just about every corner.

The Los Angeles Unified School District -- the second largest in the U.S., serving between 700,000 and 750,000 students -- refused him access to their schools. None of the national fast food chains that got their start in L.A. were willing to work with him. He did get a smaller local chain to open their doors, but the owner was reluctant to make expensive changes.

In an attempt to shock them, he decided to turn his attention to the flavored milk available in the school. While the perception is that this is a healthier alternative, it actually contains as much sugar as soda. So he set up a dramatic demonstration.

He dumped a week's worth of sugar onto and into a school bus. Unfortunately, only about 25 people showed up for the presentation, but a revolution can start with just a few.

"Yeah, I'm trying to make it dramatic because I want people to care, and at the moment it's just us," he said to the crowd. The lack of concern in the area was very disconcerting to him in this premiere episode, but he's not done fighting for the kids and people of Los Angeles.

Watch the full episode here:

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benny williams

land of no changes for CA......Go West Virginia

April 13 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

To all of you out there in cyberworld.. "WE" are in a mess.... it's about money and not beings, this has been going on in all forms of healthcare and elsewhere... we are not so safe--- Hospitals are now some of the most unsafe places in the world to enter if your sick, as for our food system watch FOOD INC... and yes Mc'd's and all the other killers for profit mix pink slime into the food you buy on the cheap... aprox 15% or more goes into every burger Mcyum or not, Now to those twits that say Mr. Oliver should shut up and go back to the UK.... what-- here is one man trying to change things that are wrong with this food process, and you would have the stupid idea he should shut up and let you die... fine you fat heads with small brains.. for the record Jamie O... worked on the UK system and changed things with a lot of help from others, things were altered for the better-- this now is true for most of Europe.. things are not perfect yet, they still don't add slime to the food chain or any "chemicals" into the daily diet that kill, we are the fatest, slowest and most under-educated souls on the Globe... Look around, why would you not want to change things for the better for your children or the future unless you wish for all to fail and to barely survive... We are in a nation of Greed and ignorance and most wish to just let this happen... NO-- If you are shown the truth and know there is a better way--- help, get outside and make a statement and improve your world, that will then ripple and extend further. We can hope anyway! P.S. thanks Jamie

April 13 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I saw the program last night. It was extremely interesting and educating. I had no idea what was beeing served in the schools. I am all for more neutritional lunches. Some schools I understand, do not allow children to pack a lunch and are required to eat the "school lunch" paid for by the taxpayers expense. I'm tired of the government sticking their nose into my business. If I want to send a neutritional lunch to school with my child I should be able to. I always thought this was the land of the Free and home of the brave. When the government is forcing a lunch on my child, I don't like it. Especially, when i do not consider their choice to be neutritious.

April 13 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
David S.

Who cares about him? Mind your own business....go back to England, Oliver!

April 13 2011 at 6:26 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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Dave, I agree with you!

April 13 2011 at 11:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone see last years show? He went to town with the highest heart attack rate in the nation. Young kids in school didn't know the names of simple vegtables, or where they came from ( that they were grown). Eating healthy isn't expensive. Grow your own vegtables, and have your kids help you. You can grow your own herbs. A friend of mine works in a grade school cafeteria. The providers didnt send enough food. She went out to the local store and bought produce for salads so the kids would have a lunch. She was told not to provide salads or anything. Call for more food. It comes in late and the kids get nothing. Thanksgiving would be a good time for the schools to tell the kids about the foods the pilgrims ate and how it was grown. It's a prime time to show the kids how to eat healthy also. This way we wouldn't need a Brit, as some of you say, to tell us how to eat.

April 13 2011 at 5:15 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

School lunches have always been disgusting! I was in elementary school during most of the '70s. Back in those days, when we could afford it, we got to buy lunch at school. We were thrilled that we got a break from Velveeta cheese sandwiches! Even if it meant a soggy hamburger.

April 13 2011 at 3:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I look at it as an education and a wakeup call.. Next we should find out how much the schools get back for using flavored milk. Keep up the good work Jamie.

April 13 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

I am sick and tired of these "all of a sudden outsider experts" telling us what to eat and what not to eat and also making remarks like (these nation???) eating habits, but when you take a good look at them (in this case-him), they do not look too healthy to me. No matter how bad some politicians and some individuals try to make it look, we are blessed and doing much better than any other nation. Do not get me wrong, I am all for healthy eating habits when it comes to children and healthy living, and although some facts are true, many of them are nothing but exagerations of the truth. And finally, again I say the same thing, people mind your own business, stop telling people what to do, in an overall most individuals know what is best for them and their families. You live by example not by criticsm and exagerations. That individual do not give a damm about children in AMERICA being healthy or not, he only cares about ratings so that his program do not get cancel.

April 13 2011 at 2:15 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply

Why doesn't he open his own Jamie - HEALTHY FAST FOOD place in America and see what happens. Most Americans can't "afford" to eat healthy food and sometimes even that food is tainted...

I do agree that the schools feed our kids cheap crap, loaded with sugar...but are we surprised? Low grade-low paided teachers, run down schools, books as old as time, bring your own pencils...etc. the crappy food fits right in.

April 13 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

You know why the school districts are apposed to healthy changes? They cost more. It takes money out of their greedy, self-serving,currupt pockets. Did you hear about the school district that is trying to outlaw parents from giving their kids lunches from home and making them buy school lunches or starve? This is political bullshit plain and simple. There are people in this mix that are making money off of kids backs and they don't want this gravy train to stop.

April 13 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

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