Is the Sugar in Flavored Milk Bad for My Kids?

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  • February 5, 2016

While nutrition experts recommend limiting added sugar in the diet, it’s important to look at the full nutrient package when selecting a food or beverage. In fact, research shows that flavored milk contributes just 3 percent of added sugars to kids’ diets versus sodas and fruit drinks, which account for close to half of the added sugar and deliver much less, if any, nutritional value.

Additionally, studies show that children who drink flavored milk do not consume more added sugar in their diets, but that they do drink more milk overall and meet more of their nutrient needs. Plus, just like white milk — chocolate milk offers important nutrients for kids’ growth and development, like protein, calcium, vitamin D and potassium.