HARTFORD, Conn., May 16 (UPI) -- Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said he is not in favor banning chocolate milk in his state's schools. The question about chocolate milk was raised after the state assembly passed nutrition legislation that, if signed by the governor, would remove sugary drinks from Connecticut schools.
"This specific bill has not yet come to the Governor's desk and will be reviewed in detail when it arrives," said Andrew Doba, a spokesperson for Governor Malloy, in a statement.
"On the broader topic at hand, the Governor is not supportive of banning chocolate milk in public schools. While we must be extremely mindful of the nutritional value of what's offered to students, ensuring an appropriate array of options helps to ensure that kids received the calcium and other nutrients they need."
The legislation bans drinks that have added sodium, a necessary qualification to receive federal money from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Chocolate milk typically has 60-90 milligrams of added salt to neutralize the natural bitterness of cocoa.
Critics are concerned that banning chocolate milk may lead to fewer kids getting nutrients they might refuse from unflavored milk.
"From a nutrient profile, you're getting calcium, vitamin D, potassium, phosphorus and other nutrients," registered dietitian Jill Castle told WFSB.
Chocolate milk also contains high fructose corn syrup and up to 200 milligrams of sodium.