As an athlete I am a huge fan of non fat chocolate milk. It’s the perfect recovery drink with a 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio and far cheaper than the manufactured powders sold in supplement stores. As a mom I am a big advocate for making it available to our children in the school lunch line. Yes, one carton is slightly higher in calories and sugar than non fat white milk, but raise your glass to these nutrition facts:
- Non fat chocolate milk has 132 calories and 22 grams of sugar per cup as compared to 85 calories and 12 grams of sugar in non fat (skim) white milk.
- Children who drink milk (white or flavored) have a lower BMI (a number calculated from a child’s height and weight) than non milk drinkers.
- Females ages 12-18 who drink milk (white or flavored) have double the calcium intake of non milk drinkers.
- On days when only white milk is offered in schools, milk consumption drops an average of 35-50 percent.
- In year 2 where schools implemented a no-flavor policy, students drank 37 percent less milk.
- The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Committee identified Vitamin D, calcium and potassium as key missing nutrients in our children’s diets. 1 cup of fat free chocolate milk provides 30% of the Daily Value for calcium, 25% Vitamin D, 16% protein and 10% Vitamin A.
- Rethink your drink to see how non fat chocolate milk stacks up against the other beverage choices children might consume.
- Skipping the beverage at lunch leaves children under hydrated for afternoon studies resulting in poor attention, moodiness and headaches.
By no means am I suggesting that a child drink non fat chocolate milk at all of their meals. I am of the opinion that the small amount of added sugar contained in non fat chocolate milk is an acceptable trade off for the key nutrients, price and lunchtime hydration. What do you think?
Categories: Nutrition & Wellness