Milk provides nutrients kids need. Here are some resources on flavored milk. Research supports flavored milk and the role it plays in bone development as well as overall nutrient adequacy for children and adults. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Pediatrics shows that prevention of future osteoporosis and the possibility of decreased risk of bone fractures is a potential benefit of pediatricians actively promoting bone health and adequate intakes of calcium rich foods.
All milk contains a unique combination of nutrients important for growth and development. Flavored milk accounts for less than 3.5 percent of added sugar intake among children ages 6-12 and less than 2 percent of the added sugar among teens. Studies have shown that children who drink flavored milk meet more of their nutrient needs; do not consume more added sugar, fat or calories; and are not heavier than non-milk drinkers.
"Science supports the important role of milk, including flavored milk, in children's nutrition"
Leading health and nutrition organizations - including the Amercian Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Amercian Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association - recognize the valuable role that low-fat or fat-free milk, including flavored milk, can play in meeting daily nutrient needs, and helping kids get the daily servings of milk recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Flavored milk is an important choice because:
- Milk provides nutrients essential for good health and kids will drink more when it's flavored.
- Flavored milk contains tha same nine essential nutrients as white milk - calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A,D and B12, riboflavin and niacin (niacin equivalents).
- Drinking low-fat or fat-free white or flavored milk helps kids get the 3 daily servings* of milk recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and provides three of the five "nutrients of concern" that children do not get enough of - calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as vitamin D.
- Low-fat chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice in schools and kids drink less milk (and get fewer nutrients) if it's taken away.