Posted: November 7, 2011
Daoust, a senior at Niagara Falls High School in New York, told the School Board last month that the vitamins and nutrients in chocolate milk match those in reduced-fat white milk and the flavoring in chocolate milk is insufficient to cause any significant increase in obesity.
He cited research suggesting that chocolate milk has little or no adverse effect on health.
“A container of chocolate milk that a student drinks is more nutritious than a container of reduced- fat white milk that the student throws away,” Daoust told the board.
He gave the board a petition with nearly 1,000 signatures asking for a return of chocolate milk to school cafeterias.
After a few days to digest the student’s presentation, School Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco decided this week to bring back chocolate milk.
About 20 students in the audience at the board meeting on Oct. 20 applauded vigorously when Daoust finished his presentation and handed the petition to members of the board.
“The removal of chocolate milk was due to an abundance of caution in safeguarding students’ health and an effort to provide only the healthiest choices of meals in the schools,” Bianco wrote. “However, Mr. Daoust, you have convinced me. I am satisfied that chocolate milk will not be the downfall of public health.”
Source: Buffalo News