Flavored Milk

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

This means parents shouldn't be nervous about letting their kids drink flavored milk. The more milk they drink, the more calcium they take in and that's good for their bodies in the long run.

There are a lot of chocolate milk drinkers at Spotswood Elementary. Parker Vance is one of them.

"My mom doesn't like me to drink chocolate milk sometimes, but now that I heard chocolate milk is good for you, I think my mom won't pressure me so much," says Vance.

And his mom isn't alone with her concern that flavored milk will increase her child's sugar intake.

In addition to calcium, milk provides eight essential nutrients, including Vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. The government says children need three to four glasses of milk per day to meet their recommended calcium intake.

"When you're dealing with chocolate milk, you're looking at protein intake as well as carbohydrate intake and that' the one that power packed with calcium," says Blosser.

Parents also need to be aware that a chocolate drink is NOT the same as chocolate milk.

Blosser says, "I won't mention names, but there are several chocolate drinks on the market and these are equivalent to soft drinks in that they are just flavored chocolate and predominantly sugar."

Drinking milk is also important for adults.

"You need to continue your calcium intake even after age 18 and that's probably the biggest decline in the adult population is with calcium intake," says Blosser.

So get ready to savor the flavor!

Blosser continues, "Flavored milk, if that's what it takes to get people to drink it, we're more than happy to go with it."

The survey also showed kids who drink flavored milk consume fewer soft drink and fruit drinks.

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