Chocolate milk is for everybody.
From kids to athletes, chocolate milk can support a healthy, active lifestyle. Not sure how it fits into your daily routine? You might be surprised with the answer!
Creative ways to enjoy chocolate milk throughout the day.
- Heat it up! Serve “hot chocolate” by heating up chocolate milk on the stove.
- Create a chocolate banana smoothie to serve up at breakfast.
- Make homemade fudgesicles! All you need is a popsicle tray and your favorite brand of chocolate milk.
- Freeze chocolate milk in ice cube trays and add to a cup of coffee for a twist on a classic mocha.
Just like white milk, chocolate milk offers up the same nine essential nutrients kids and adults need on a daily basis.
What about the sugar?
All milk naturally contains sugar, including chocolate milk. This sugar is called lactose and is found in every 8 ounce serving. When looking at the food label, 12 grams of sugar should be expected. This number represents the amount of lactose found in each serving.
When it comes to chocolate milk, about half of the sugar it contains is lactose. The other half, approximately 8-12 grams of sugar, is added. Of course, chocolate milk formulations vary and the dairy industry has been hard at work identifying ways to reduce the amount of sugar added to chocolate milk. Be sure to always check your food label for the most up-to-date nutrition information.
Despite the small amount of added sugar, chocolate milk continues to be a great way to help kids better meet their needs for a variety of nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. These are often nutrients that many kids fail to get enough of.
“It is so important for kids and teens to get adequate calcium and Vitamin D that we shouldn’t be worried about a little bit of sugar in chocolate milk. It’s a good trade in exchange for milk’s nutrient-rich package.” Robert Murray, MD, Professor, Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University.