Chocolate Milk + Sippy Cup
The Flavored Milk Component
“Parents may be hesitant to offer flavored milk due to the higher levels of added sugars and calories,” Dr. Murphy says. “A glass of plain low-fat milk provides about 100 calories, while a glass of chocolate low-fat milk provides about 160 calories. Results from our study show that children and adolescents who drink flavored milk or exclusively plain milk have comparable or lower total intakes of added sugars as compared to people who consume no milk.”
Dr. Murphy goes on to state their study also shows that milk drinkers have much higher intakes of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin A compared to people who drink no milk.
“Limiting children’s access to flavored milk may have the negative effect of limiting their intake of many important vitamins and minerals,” Dr. Murphy says.
Milk Does a Body Good
Pediatricians have long extolled the necessity of milk in a child’s diet. Milk is a concentrated source of many nutrients that are important for optimal health and growth.
“The diets of many children and adolescents tend to be low in several of these nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, vitamins A and D, and potassium,” Dr. Murphy says. “Each serving of low-fat or nonfat milk—either plain or flavored—provides a rich source of these nutrients.”
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children 2 to 8 years old consume two dairy servings per day, and that older children and teenagers consume three dairy servings per day. Drinking low-fat and nonfat milk, whether it’s plain or flavored, can help children meet these recommendations.
5 Tips for Adding Dairy to the Diet
No matter what you do, is your toddler still hesitant to drink milk? Here are five ways to get more dairy into your little one’s diet:
- If your child is hesitant about yogurt add some granola. Sometimes a little crunch is just what it takes.
- Children love frozen treats. Pour strawberry milk into frozen treat containers or small paper cups, add their favorite berry, and freeze.
- Blend chocolate milk, their favorite berry, and ice for a delicious treat.
- String cheese is a quick and easy on-the-go treat.
- Graham crackers in milk may be an old favorite, but it’s a good one!
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