Are New York City Public Schools Getting Rid Of Chocolate Milk?


THERE IS WORD THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS LOOKING AT TAKING CHOCOLATE MILK OFF OF PUBLIC SCHOOL’S MENU. IT’S NOT SITTING WELL WITH SOME PARENTS Reporter: CHOCOLATE MILK IS STIRRING UP CONTROVERSY. CHILDREN NEED MILK IN THEIR SYSTEM. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE FULL. Reporter: MANY PARENTS WERE UNHAPPY TO HEAR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WANTS TO BAN CHOCOLATE MILK FROM SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN IT CHOCOLATE MILK HAS ABOUT 10 GRAMS MORE SUGAR THAN REGULAR AND CHILDREN SHOULD LIMIT SUGAR INTAKE TO 25 GRAMS Reporter: THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS 40 PERCENT OF NEW YORK CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE OVER WEIGHT OR OBESE. SO IT’S BEEN IN FAVOR OF THE BAN FOR A WHILE SAYING KIDS WHO DRINK CHOCOLATE MILK TWICE A DAY CONSUME 80 GRAMS OF SUGAR A WEEK. THAT ADDS UP TO SIX POUNDS A YEAR. A NUTRITIONIST OFFERS THE OTHER SIDE IF YOU LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE OF HOW MUCH A CHILD IS EATING IN TERMS OF SUGAR, IF THEY DON’T EAT TOO MUCH CAKE, COOKIES, ADDED SUGAR, IT MAY BE A GOOD WAY TO GET CALCIUM, VITAMIN D, PROTEIN INTO THEIR DAY Reporter: PARENTS TELLING US THAT’S OFTEN THEIR ONLY FORM OF CALCIUM. WITHOUT THIS AS AN OPTION THEIR CHILD WOULD GO FOR OTHER HIGH CALORIE DRINKS OVER PLAIN MILK THEY PREFER THE CHOCOLATE MILK. IF THAT’S THE WAY YOU WILL GET THE CALCIUM INTO THE KIDS, I SAY GO FOR IT Reporter: THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME THE IDEA HAS COME UP. SOME SCHOOLS HAVE PUT BANS ON THEIR OWN. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TELLS US ITS PRIORITY IS HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF ALL CHILDREN AND THEY HAVEN’T MADE A DECISION JUST YET. SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND D.C. HAVE ALREADY

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