A prominent school district in California has decided that chocolate milk is worth the trade-off when it comes to nutrient value vs. calories. The Santa Monica-Malibu school board grappled with this issue Aug. 24, with advocates on both sides in attendance.

School Board President José Escarce, who is a professor of medicine at UCLA, pointed out that many students might not drink milk at all if the chocolate variety is eliminated.

“It doesn’t make sense to me that we would take that chance,” he was quoted by The Los Angeles Times. “There is no evidence that this is related to obesity, and this is a really important nutrient to our students — it really is.”