Chocolate Milk Could Be Banned in Illinois & Missouri Schools
There is just something about a cold glass of chocolate milk that just makes everything better and a favorite for many kids. However, the USDA is proposing a possible ban on chocolate milk in Illinois and Missouri elementary and middle schools.
I am not a big regular milk drinker. If I had a choice in school I always went for the chocolate milk, as I am sure most kids do. There is now a push coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to put a ban on flavored milk (chocolate and strawberry) in schools. CBS News reports that,
The department says chocolate milk can contain as much added sugar as soda. They're considering two options: One would limit chocolate milk to only high schools and the other would allow it to stay but with a new limit on added sugars.
There are some schools that have already taken that option away from students to help them make healthier choices for lunch. For some students breakfast and lunch are the only meals that they get and the USDA want to make sure they are eating and drinking healthy foods.
No decision has been made for the upcoming 2023/2024 school year, so it looks like we are good for another year. The USDA is hoping to have a final decision early next year which then will be implemented in schools fall of 2025.
What do you think? Should schools not have chocolate or strawberry milk as an option for students? Should it be up to the parents to make that decision? My kids love chocolate milk and I have no problem with them drinking it for breakfast and for lunch. It's just another option besides white milk and water for them.