Assemblyman Joseph Angelino (R,C,I-Norwich) is co-sponsoring a bill (A.9990-A) to once again allow whole milk, which is 97 percent fat-free, and 2% milk in school cafeterias.
Federal policies implemented about a decade ago asserted that low-fat milk was “healthier,” however, since its application, rates of childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes have not been improved by the policy. Updated studies are showing that whole and 2% milk consumption in children can lower the risk for heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and blood pressure, and improve satiation without weight gain. Additionally, there would be a benefit to New York dairy farmers if whole and 2% milk were reintroduced to schools throughout the state.
“Milk is a nutrient-dense food vital to childhood development. Reintroducing whole milk, which is 97% fat-free, and 2% milk in our school would be an incredible benefit to the health of New York children,” said Angelino. “As a state, New York must assert its own policies to make sure we are doing what is best for our children and our family farmers, and not relying on outdated federal policy. I am pleased to be a sponsor to bring whole and 2% percent back to school lunches.”
Milk has 13 essential nutrients and provides vitamins, minerals and fat important for the development of the brain, body and bones.