For meals and snacks at home, school, or sports activities, chocolate milk is a delicious way for kids and adults to get the nutrients they need. Read on for facts on this not-so-guilty treat!
Chocolate Milk in School Meals
Over 68% of milk offered in schools is flavored, with chocolate winning as the milk of choice. A pilot study at one school district that removed chocolate milk from the menu revealed a decline in total milk sales by almost 10% and a decrease in lunch sales by nearly 8%.
Top 12 Facts About Kids and Chocolate Milk
Check out this infographic for the top 12 benefits of, and nutrition content in chocolate milk
Nature’s Sports Drink
When it comes to post-workout recovery, chocolate milk is the perfect choice for rehydrating the body and refueling tired muscles. Chocolate milk has a unique combination of protein, carbohydrates, and electrolytes that no other sports drinks have.
85% water for hydration
Vitamins & Minerals
calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, and magnesium for strong bones
replace diminished energy stores in muscles
helps muscles contract; helps regulate body fluids
used to build and maintain muscles
helps convert food to energy for active muscles
Chocolate Milk FAQs
When it comes to healthy eating, we need factual information to help us make the best choices. Do you have questions about chocolate milk’s nutritional value? We have answers!
Doesn't the added sugar in chocolate milk make it an unhealthy choice?
While flavored milk does have a higher carbohydrate and calorie content due to added sweetener, it contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk. Leading health and nutrition organizations have recognized the value of added sugars, in small amounts, to nutrient-dense foods like chocolate milk, because it increases appeal, allowing the opportunity to consume nutrients that might be missing in our diet. In fact, drinking milk, including flavored, is associated with higher intakes of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium,potassium and vitamin A, in children and adolescents, compared to those who do not drink milk.
Will drinking flavored milk cause weight gain?
One study that included over 7,000 participants, aged 2-18 years, found that drinking flavored or white milk was not related to an increase in body mass index, when compared to children and adolescents who did not drink milk. Instead of focusing on a specific food or diet to maintain a healthy body weight, try to balance calories consumed to match with physical activities performed daily.