Governor rejects chocolate milk ban

Chocolate milk will not be banned in Connecticut schools. Gov. Dannel Malloy will not sign a last-minute bill that inadvertently bans chocolate milk. Lawmakers were trying to comply with new federal school lunch standards on sodium. They didn’t realize they were outlawing the most popular form of milk in school lunches.

Chocolate milk provides calcium, vitamin A, potassium and other nutrients, said Lonnie Burt, the chief nutritionist of Hartford Public Schools. “If chocolate milk is not one of the available options, then I believe students will decrease consumption of milk overall,” Burt said.

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  1. At least the governor of CT has a brain, can’t say much for the idiots who came up with this idiocy in the first place.

    Given a choice, I’d much rather having kids drinking a pint of chocolate milk (2% or 1%) vs 16oz of energy drink or soft drink.


  2. I’m trying to figure out where state nutritionists and doctors get their advice (and why it’s not saying the same thing). Schools are worried about kids not drinking milk. My friends and I (in different states) have talked about how the biggest concern that doctors seem to have at our kids appointments is whether they’re drinking too much milk. Our kids are all healthy and none are overweight, but the doctors keep emphasizing that they should get no more than 2-3 servings of dairy per day. They’d probably flip if they knew that my kids still drink whole milk.

    • Roger Sweeny says:

      Plain whole milk may be better than sugared low-fat chocolate milk. It may even be better than plain low-fat milk, if your kids make up the calories with carbohydrate-heavy foods.

      The tremendous amount of obesity in the world and the abysmal failure of low-calorie low-fat diets is starting to force nutrition scientists to rethink a lot of what they thought they knew. A recent example from the NY Times:

  3. PhillipMarlowe says:

    Plain sugar or HFCS is the second large ingredient in kid’s chocolate milk.

    • Richard Aubrey says:

      Is it 49% out of 100%, or 1% out of 100%. “second largest” means nothing except to get the unwary concerned.

      • Roger Sweeny says:

        I couldn’t find nutritional information for Umpqua Dairy Fat Free Chocolate Milk but I could find it for Hood, a New England Dairy. A half pint ( 8 ounces) of regular fat free milk has 12 grams of sugar (13 g of total carbohydrate). The fat free chocolate milk has 26 grams of sugar (28 g of total carbohydrate).

  4. For me, the issue has less to do with the nutrition of the food than with the question, “Whose decision should it be?”

    I think it’s time to talk about getting politicians out of education (which may mean a separation of school and state).

    • Richard Aubrey says:

      You think the State’s move against chocolate milk will be permanently restricted to schools? See Nanny Bloomberg and his dietary ukases.

  5. I could have sworn I heard a kid say “Please sir, may I have more gruel?” at lunch yesterday.

  6. Blooming idiot is no longer the Mayor of NYC, so people in that city are safe for the moment.

    We never had a problem consuming a baked cinnamon roll (out of the oven) and a pint of chocolate milk when I was in school, of course, we were a LOT more active as kids back in the 70’s, compared with today.