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A little chocolate helps make the milk go down

02-11-2010

It tastes good, but is it good for you? While this question has been asked about a lot of foods, lately this concern has been raised about chocolate milk.

In a new video by Akron Children’s Hospital, Keith Loud, MD, director of the Center for Active Adolescent Health at Children's, discusses the pros and cons of including this tasty beverage in your child's diet.

Dr. Loud said that anyone comparing labels will note that chocolate milk can contain as much as twice the sugar as 1 percent milk. Consuming too much fat and sugar contributes to childhood obesity so some have suggested banning chocolate milk from school cafeterias.

But when kids aren’t offered chocolate milk as an option, they often will not select white milk. And that’s important, as milk has many essential nutrients that we don’t get from our typical diet, such as vitamin D, calcium and magnesium.

“We are concerned because adolescents accrue half of their lifetime bone mineral calcium during puberty,” said Dr. Loud. “This is essentially a bank from which they draw the rest of their lifetimes. We recommend adolescents get 1300-1800 mg of calcium a day.”

The video is available at www.akronchildrens.org/story. Type in the keyword, "chocolate milk." You can also find the video on youtube.com/akronchildrens.
 

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