Let them drink chocolate milk!
The Plattsburgh Republican introduced federal legislation that would require all schools to offer chocolate milk after hearing about it The mayor of the Big Apple — who is on a plant-based diet — wants to ban the dairy product from the city’s cafeterias because it has unhealthy sugar levels, he says.
Stefanik’s “Protecting School Milk Choices Act of 2022” states that schools “may offer flavored and unflavored milk to students” and also “may” offer lactose-free milk to students.
“Mayor Adams doesn’t understand that many of our children are accessing the essential nutrients in dairy for their development through delicious, flavored milk, and that taking away options from children is not the solution,” said Stefanik, who represents dairy farmers in North County.
“Let our New York students drink chocolate milk!”
A recent poll commissioned by the International Dairy Foods Association found that 90 percent of New York voters with children in public schools support low-fat flavored milk in public school meals. Nationally, 85 percent of parents think the same way.
Other New York lawmakers have also angered Adams’ campaign.
Nine members of the New York House delegation last week sent Adams a letter He urged him not to ban chocolate milk in schools — including Democrats Grace Meng of Queens, Antonio Delgado, who represents parts of the Hudson Valley, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney.
Republicans, including Stefanik, Reps. Lee Zeldin, Claudia Tenney, Chris Jacobs, Tom Reed and John Katko also joined the push.
Chocolate milk supporters have concerns that Adams will be the new health nanny – much like the former mayor Mike Bloombergthat wanted to ban the sale of large sugary drinks succeeded Ban trans fats in restaurants and ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.
Adams, the former Brooklyn Borough President who switched to a mostly vegan diet after being diagnosed with diabetes and has already ordered plant-based meals once a week in schools, posted a “Do the Math” Videos in 2019 in support of a proposal for the city’s Department of Education to scrap chocolate milk for its sugary content.
In the video presentation, the then-President of the Brooklyn Borough showed how much sugar was in a tall glass of chocolate milk. The video states that one cup of the sweet beverage contains three to four teaspoons of added sugar.
“Chocolate milk is loaded with added sugar and causes type 2 diabetes, obesity and other health problems,” Adams said recently.
“Nevertheless, we continue to serve him. Instead of serving our children drinks that will give them lifelong health problems, we should offer them better options like water.”
However, proponents said two-thirds of the milk served at school was flavored, arguing that chocolate milk provided nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and potassium, and outweighed acceptable levels of sugar intake.
Lawmakers also said that eliminating chocolate milk will only lead to more milk wastage, as fewer children will drink regular milk.
Adams’ office had no comment on the Stefanik Act blocking a ban on school milk.
A spokesman for Adams said last week he was reviewing the letter from the congressional delegation and said, “We will decide what is best for our students.”
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