Gallery: Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons Wants Milk to Be Banned in NYC

Mayor Bloomberg isn’t the only mogul who wants to ban certain kinds of drinks in NYC – now hip hop business baron Russell Simmons is proposing that the mayor’s plan to ban sugary drinks like soda from New York eateries include milk as well. Simmons recently wrote to Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner, on PETA’s behalf, recommending that cow’s milk also be removed from restaurants and delis, citing its high cholesterol, sugar and fat content.

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  1. dmfarley July 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    Speaking from the Netherlands where milk is still their "soda" it's so common for all meals, AND they're quite a bit thinner and healthier than most Americans... I call buuuuuuuuuuullshit.
  2. Maria Songcuya July 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    i drink milk (low-fat, lactose-free) because of a congenital heart problem. my doctor said that 8-16 oz of milk a day will help maintain the strength of my heart. so, whoever you are Russel Simmons, don't try to kill me.
  3. redpowervan July 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    I agree with elle2005 Conveniently Russell leaves out that milk provides complete protein, and vitamin D in good amounts. As to its fat content, I've seen many studies that say calories from fat and protein help us feel more satiated and longer than those from sugar\carbs. Dietary guidelines tell us that it's ok to have 30% or so of our daily fat intake be from saturated fats. I have to wonder if the children in the study were drinking whole milk, or chocolate milk, or low fat\skim. As for the cholesterol some people have to watch it but most people's bodies regulate cholesterol quite well. Follow your doctor's advice if you're having problems with cholesterol levels. It just so happens that foods that have cholesterol can have higher amounts of saturated fats, which as I said should be limited in a healthy diet. There's no reason to eliminate a food that provides so many nutrients so cheaply, but like any healthy food, milk's strengths and weaknesses easily fit into a part of what can be a healthy well rounded diet.
  4. elle2005 June 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    While I greatly admire Russell Simmons, I think his celebrity has moved him too far afield from the common person. In particular, the impoverished, NYCHA dwelling population that idolizes him and his companies are those who benefit most from having milk available. Take away milk and what is left instead? Sugary "juice" drinks like Hawaiian Punch? I have worked with these populations in the community and Russell's simplistic all or none vegan attitude does not help anyone who truly is at risk of obesity.