New proposal would ban chocolate milk in NYC schools

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NEW YORK (WTHR) — Officials in New York City are looking at banning chocolate milk from school breakfasts and lunches.

WNBC reports the New York City Department of Education has proposed eliminating chocolate milk from schools.

Parents and experts have spoken out against the proposal.

"All in moderation. What's the big deal?" Alicia Rowley, mother, said.

Norma Reid-Archibald, dietitian and nutritionist with NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn, said the kids are currently served skim milk — which has 90 calories.

The chocolate milk has 120 calories and only eight additional grams of sugar.

"I need them to have another option — there's calcium, vitamin, potassium (in chocolate milk). All important," said Reid-Archibald. "Don't worry about the sugar for this particular meal...because it's a minimum part of their overall daily intake that these students are consuming."

The Department of Education released the following statement:

"Our priority is the health and well-being of our students, and every day, we offer a variety of healthy, delicious, and free meal options that exceed USDA standards. No decision has been made about chocolate milk."

The president of the New York Farm Bureau sent a letter to the New York City schools' chancellor, Richard Carranza, asking on behalf of the state's more than 4,000 dairy farms to drop any proposed ban on chocolate milk.

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