Is Chocolate Milk Good For You?
All milk, including flavored milk, contains a unique combination of nutrients important for growth and development in kids, and for optimal health and disease prevention in adults.
Milk is the number one food source of three of the four nutrients of concern identified in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: calcium, vitamin D and potassium; so the Guidelines recommend that everyone 9 years and older have three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day (2-1/2 servings for children 2 to 8 years).1
Flavored milk has all of the major nutrients found in unflavored milk—calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin and vitamins A, B12 and D—and contributes only 3% of added sugars in the diets of children 2 - 18 years.2 In addition, children who drink milk--either flavored or white--have better nutrient intakes and similar body weights as non-milk drinkers.3
For a complete listing of the nutritional values for milk, check our nutrients in milk page.