Brooklyn BP Adams backs chocolate milk ban in city public schools

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Brooklyn's borough president is backing a measure that would ban chocolate milk in New York City's public schools.

Borough President Eric Adams says he wants to remove chocolate milk and even consider other, dairy-free options.

The Healthy School Initiative says that a child drinking chocolate milk twice a day consumes about 80 grams of sugar, which works out to about 6 pounds of sugar per child each year. The initiative also says about 40% of city elementary school students are overweight or obese.

Adams says he has completely changed his own diet within the past few years and advocates for healthier school lunches. He created a YouTube video to demonstrate to the public how harmful the drink can be.

While no decision has been made by the Department of Education, Adams says this is just the beginning and that he will continue fighting for healthier meals for kids.

The DOE is speaking with nutritional experts about how the plan would be implemented, and notes that many districts across the country have already taken away the dairy product.

 

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