San Francisco bans chocolate milk … because anything enjoyable is obviously evil

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In the battle to provide nutritional choices for schoolchildren, isn’t chocolate milk better than no milk at all?

According to San Francisco legislators and school officials, the answer. apparently. is no.

Students from elementary through high school grades will no longer be able to enjoy this cafeteria staple in the coming school year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Chocolate milk will officially be banned in elementary and middle grades in the fall followed by high school in the spring as school officials seek to dictate what is considered healthy for students.

In five area schools, the beverage was cut out over the past year resulting in no decrease in the number of milk cartons in two schools and a slight decrease in number in the other three.

“The kids grumbled about it for a couple of days,” but eventually just switched to white milk, Libby Albert, executive director of the district’s Student Nutrition Services, said.

“Kids are always going to choose flavored milk over regular milk because sweet tastes better,” Marlene Schwartz, director of the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, said.  “That shouldn’t be the reason that you (offer) it.”

Los Angeles Unified School District eliminated chocolate milk for six years, but after a study of 21-schools last year, the district reversed its decision in order to “increase milk consumption and reduce waste,” according to the Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported:

District officials there found that serving chocolate milk could mean an increase of 12.5 million cartons consumed rather than wasted each year — which would translate to a 23 percent increase in milk consumption. District officials put chocolate milk back in all the district’s schools this spring.

Los Angeles’ results mirrored those from a 2014 Cornell University study, which found that while banning chocolate milk could reduce calorie and sugar consumption, it could also mean less milk consumed, more waste and fewer kids buying school lunch.

An American Heart Association study from 2009 even found that chocolate milk provided the same nutritional value as white milk and had no adverse effects on the childrens’ weight.

“Just like many people, I have some nostalgia around drinking chocolate milk at lunch as a kid,” School board member Matt Haney said. “But if this change helps reduce overall sugar intake and improves student nutrition and wellness, it seems like a positive thing to me.”

“Nooooooo!”  nine year-old Naijella Raybon said, pretending to wipe tears from her eyes. “It was my only source of (beverage). It’s tasty, and it’s so good to drink.”

Chocolate milk will soon go the way of sodas, cookies and other treats at San Francisco schools and officials are confident kids will get used to it.

Not like they have any other choice.

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