Chocolate & Flavored Milk
What's your favorite flavor of milk? Is it strawberry, banana, root beer or the ever-popular chocolate? Whatever flavor tickles your taste buds, find out why this nutrient-rich beverage is as good for you as white milk.
Just the Facts
- Is flavored milk as nutritious as white milk?
Yes, flavored milk contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk. Flavored milk provides calcium, protein, vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin and niacin. In comparison, beverages like soda and fruit drinks provide mostly added sugar.
- Is flavored milk packed with sugar? Is sugar associated with hyperactivity?
A soda or fruit drink contains almost three times the amount of added sugar as flavored milk. Furthermore, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration haven't found a link between sugar and behavioral problems in children.
- Is flavored milk high in fat, sugar and in calories?
Flavored milk comes in many varieties, including reduced-fat, low-fat and fat-free. The amount of fat in flavored milk is exactly the same as white milk; the only difference is the added sugar. Flavored milk contains 38% less added sugar than it did five years ago and most only contains 10 grams or 2.5 teaspoons per 8 ounce serving.
- Does flavored milk cause cavities?
The ingredients in chocolate milk are much less likely to cause cavities than soft drinks and sticky snack foods. Liquids such as flavored milk clear the mouth faster. Some studies suggest that the cocoa in chocolate milk may actually protect against cavities.
- Is chocolate milk high in caffeine?
No. The amount of caffeine in chocolate milk is similar to the amount found in decaffeinated drinks. An 8-ounce serving of chocolate milk contains between 2 mg and 7 mg of caffeine. Cola, on the other hand, may contain up to 10 times more caffeine than chocolate milk. According to recent evidence, the amount of caffeine in chocolate milk is too small to have a detrimental effect on a child's health.
- Isn't flavored milk just for kids?
Absolutely not! Flavored milk contains all the same nutrients of white milk and recent studies indicate that low-fat chocolate milk is a great way for high school and adult athletes to refuel their bodies after a strenuous workout.
Studies show that when chocolate milk is not an option in the school meal line, milk consumption drops dramatically, an average of 35%. That means kids completely miss out on essential nutrients that they need to think, learn and grow. The chocolate milk in schools today:
- Is fat-free per recent USDA guidelines.
- Is offered in sugar and high fructose corn syrup varieties.
- Contains fewer calories.
- Still is great tasting and contains all the same nine nutrients as white milk.