Chocolate Milk No Longer A Lunch Option in San Francisco Schools

Chocolate milk will soon join a long line of sugary drinks and treats banned from San Francisco’s schools.
That’s because district officials in San Francisco have banned chocolate milk starting this fall.
As of August, elementary and middle school kids in San Francisco will have plain milk as their only option to wash down their PB&J’s, and high schools will follow suit starting in the spring.
This makes sense as schools across the nation have been cutting sugary food and drinks for years as part of an effort to cut sugar from children’s diets due to growing awareness of how unhealthy excess sugar can be for adults and kids alike.
A carton of chocolate milk contains 40 percent of a child’s recommended daily intake of sugar, and switching from chocolate to plain milk reduces 35 to 40 calories and 10 grams of sugar from a child’s daily diet.
Kids should only eat or drink six teaspoons of sugar per day, according to the American Heart Association.
What San Francisco is doing in its schools differs from guidelines recently set by the federal government, however.
Up until this spring, schools across the nation could serve flavored milk to students as long as it was nonfat. With USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue at the helm, kids can now drink flavored milk in schools as long as it’s made with 1 percent.
San Francisco school district officials aren’t too worried about students not drinking milk during the school day.
Last school year, San Francisco gave the concept of no chocolate milk a test run in five schools, and out of the five, only three of the schools had reduced milk consumption.