NutriPro Sweetened Beverages - What about chocolate milk?

Monday, January 8, 2018

A favorite of children (and some adults), this popular drink can claim nutritional benefits along with its sweet taste.

  • All milk (including the flavored kind) offers valuable nutrients, which include calcium, potassium, phosphorous, protein, vitamins A, D, and B12, riboflavin, and niacin.1
  • Leading health organizations suggest that making nutrient-dense foods more palatable may improve nutrient intake.2
  • Research shows that people who drink milk are likely to meet the dietary recommendations for many nutrients.3
  • The American Heart Association says that adding sugars to otherwise nutrient-rich foods, including dairy products, has no adverse affects on people’s weights.4
  • Chocolate milk can help the body refuel, recover and rehydrate post exercise. The high quality protein helps build and repair muscle.5



1. National Dairy Council www. Added Sugars and Nutrition in Beverages

2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines 2005

3. Drinking Flavored or Plain Milk Is Positively Associated with Nutrient Intake and Is Not Associated with Adverse Effects on Weight Status in US Children and Adolescents Mary M. Murphy, MS, RD; Judith S. Douglass, MS, RD; Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD; Lisa A. Spence PhD, RDJ Am Diet Assoc. 2008;108:631-639.

4. Johnson RK, Lawrence JA Brands AM, et al. Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2009, 120:1011-1020.

5. Dairy Research Institute.