Last Tuesday, the New York State Senate spent an hour debating a controversial piece of legislation.
The bill? An act designating yogurt as the official State snack of New York.
Yogurt was chosen because, according to the bill, it is “a healthy food that tastes great and is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium and magnesium.”
Senators voiced their concerns that designating yogurt as the State snack would offend lactose intolerant New Yorkers, producers of other foods popular in the State and young citizens who don’t have a taste for yogurt.
At the tail-end of the debate, Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) appealed on behalf of the carrot cookie.
One senator wasn’t even sure that yogurt qualifies as a “snack,” in that many people eat a bowl for breakfast or dessert.
Other snack options proposed besides yogurt included kale chips, raisins and cheesecake.