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Is chocolate milk good for children’s health?

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Chocolate milk is a childhood staple for almost every individual and while it is delicious, the nutritional value of chocolate milk may have some grey areas, making it a controversial drink.

While it is historically considered the best of both worlds — delicious and nutritious — some argue that serving chocolate milk to children may not be the best option for their health, as it may not provide the necessary nutrients for overall well-being.

The question still stands, is chocolate milk good for you? Let’s find out!

Milk itself contains myriad health benefits and is packed with essential nutrients like calcium which supports several vital bodily functions.

Study says these bodily functions include:

  • The formation and maintenance of bones and teeth
  • Muscle function
  • Nerve signalling
  • Blood vessel function
  • Blood clotting
  • Hormone production
  • Enzyme function

Additionally, milk is also an excellent source of Vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and helps support your immune and nervous systems.

Chocolate or flavoured milk is controversial due to its high added sugar and calories. While it does not negate milk’s nutrients, it can be difficult for some individuals to handle.

Some children and adults can handle the excess sugar and calories if they are active or have an otherwise healthy and balanced diet, while others may struggle with obesity or diabetes.

Some cities have banned chocolate or flavoured milk sales in schools, but a 2020 study found that this decrease in milk consumption did not significantly decrease essential nutrient intake.

Athletes drink chocolate milk because they may not worry about sugar content as they burn a significant amount of carbohydrates, potentially requiring more for future events.

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