The city Department of Education wants to ban chocolate milk from schools as part of a health bid.
Citing health concerns including sugar content in the flavored milk, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and his underlings are pushing for a white-milk-only policy, DOE sources recently told The Post.
The issue has been kicking around for a while: Nationally, other school districts from California to Virginia have made the move, and it’s come up before in New York City, where students were put on a low-fat and no-fat milk diet in 2006.
But the Big Apple has resisted putting the kibosh on chocolate milk — at least until now.
Meanwhile, upstate dairy farmers recently got wind that something was ahoof and are having a cow over the prospect.
They say that taking away chocolate milk will lower kids’ milk intake, which would actually hurt their health — not to mention the farmers’ profits.
The group has enlisted the help of their congressional leaders, who fired off a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week decrying a flavored-milk ban.
“Over two-thirds of milk served in school is flavored, which represents an essential way that kids get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development,’’ the pols wrote.
“Research finds that children who drink flavored milk consume more nutrients of concern like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium compared to non-flavored milk drinkers.’’
One of the politicians, US Rep. Anthony Brindisi, (D-Utica/Rome/Binghamton), told The Post, “There are other real ways for the chancellor and the mayor to do something on the issue of kids’ health.
“This is a very large school system. This is a time when dairy farmers are already struggling and facing a lot of uncertainty. This plan would directly impact farmers not only in New York state but across the country.’’
The DOE declined to comment on the milk brouhaha.
Carranza’s former school system in San Francisco banned flavored milk shortly after he left in 2016.
But while Los Angeles eliminated sweetened milk in 2011, it brought it back in 2017 after discovering that kids were turning away from milk altogether.
According to the city Health Department’s website, 8 ounces of school chocolate skim milk contains 120 calories and 20 grams of sugar, eight of which are from added sugar. By comparison, the same amount of skim white milk has 90 calories and 12 grams of sugar, none added.
The same amount of Coke has 26 grams of sugar.
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