Is Chocolate Milk Good for You?
Benefits of Chocolate Milk
The Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) explains that active children and young athletes need to replenish their stores of energy after vigorous activity. One of the best options is to drink a glass of chilled low-fat chocolate milk. If your little one is picky, try blending the milk into an a2 Milk® Chocolate milkshake or smoothie.
The tasty beverage not only replaces lost fluids due to sweating and increases electrolytes and vitamins in the body, but it also helps to repair muscles. And when it comes to the chocolate in that glass, it specifically “boosts the carbohydrate supplied to your muscles and liver,” according to the CHC.
Chocolate Milk is a Better Option
When flavored milk is offered to children at school, they are more likely to drink milk, says The Dairy Alliance. When your child chooses milk, that means they are drinking fewer energy drinks, sodas, juices, or other beverages that are higher in sugar and less nutrient-dense than milk.
While some may worry that flavored milk is packed with sugar, fear not. Research has found that flavored milk only contributes 3% of added sugars to a child’s diet. Additionally, a2 Milk® Chocolate 2% Reduced Fat contains less sugar than many other brands of flavored milk – one serving has only 5 grams added sugar, compared to the 8-12 grams in chocolate milk commonly served at schools.
If you are unsure what type of chocolate milk to stock in your refrigerator, look for low-fat or fat-free options if you are concerned about calories or fat consumption by your child. These options (just like white milk) include ample calcium, vitamins (A, D, and B12), potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, and protein to help your little one feel full.
4 Ways to Enjoy Chocolate Milk Beyond the Glass
If you are having trouble getting your child to drink any milk, chocolate included, why not sneak the dairy goodness into a recipe that they might find more tempting? Here are a few of our favorites:
As you prepare your next shopping list, add a carton of a2 Milk® Chocolate 2% Reduced Fat to the mix. Everyone in the household is likely to get a little more excited about their next glass of milk – adults included! Find a2 Milk® at your local grocery store today.