Hands up if you love chocolate milk!🙌🏼🙌🏼 I definitely was more of a strawberry milk fan as a kid, but chocolate milk (or other non-dairy milk) is a pretty delish drink.
At work the other day, I was involved in a conversation regarding chocolate milk. My co-worker stated that chocolate milk was unhealthy so no one should be drinking it.
I, of course, countered her statement with one of my own.
Yes, chocolate milk does have added sugars on top of the sugar naturally found in milk. But if that’s one of the only ways to get your child to drink milk, then it can be viewed as a vehicle to get some important nutrients in your child’s diet.
It’s a good source of protein, calcium, and Vitamins A & D (which are fortified in milk). And yes, you can find these nutrients in other foods such as spinach, carrots, and salmon. But it might be easier to get your kids to drink a glass of chocolate milk than to eat those foods.
And it’s not just kids that can benefit from chocolate milk. It is a good recovery drink after exercise since it provides a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein. This helps replenish the glucose the body used for energy and helps repair the muscles with the protein.
So any food can provide nutrition in some way, shape, or form. From just providing some calories for needed energy or providing a variety of vitamins and minerals, any food can be considered beneficial.
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