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CONNECTICUT – The Connecticut Legislature passed a bill banning chocolate milk from the state’s school cafeterias.

It’s up to Governor Dannel Malloy to decide whether or not to sign the measure into law.

The chocolate milk ban is being criticized by kids and nutritionists alike.

It’s tasty and good for you says Hartford schools chief nutritionist Lonnie Burt.

“It also provides calcium, vitamin A, potassium, ribofavin … all of the things that are nutritionally good for students,” Burt adds.

But on the final day of the legislative session, state lawmakers passed a bill that would ban chocolate milk from schools across the state.

They’re trying to stay in compliance with new federal school lunch standards, which has to do with sodium. Chocolate milk has a small amount of added sodium.

Nutritionist Lonnie Burt is concerned that children will stop drinking milk all together if the law goes into effect.

“What concerns me is that if chocolate milk is not one of the available options then I believe students will decrease consumption of milk overall,” Burt says.

The American Heart Association seems to agree, saying “We are concerned about the amount of sodium in our children’s diets but we believe that nutritional value of milk, even flavored milk, outweighs the sodium concerns.

The bill is still being considered by the governor.

If the bill becomes law, Connecticut would become the first state in the nation to ban chocolate milk from all of it’s schools.