milk flavoring okay for kids

by Diane Lofshult on Aug 27, 2008

Food for Thought

Parents know that milk provides key nutrients and fortifies bones and teeth in children. But it can be like pulling teeth to get some kids to drink plain, unflavored milk, especially if it is low-fat or fat-free milk.

Now a new study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says parents can resort to the occasional helping of chocolate- or strawberry-flavored milk if kids balk at drinking the white stuff.

The researchers found little difference in the health measures or body weight of kids who drank plain milk compared with those who favored the flavored brands. The subjects, who numbered more than 7,500 and ranged in age from 2 to 18 years old, had similar nutrient intakes of key vitamins and minerals, regardless of what type of milk they drank. The only kids who fell short were those who drank no milk at all.

“Findings from this study suggest that consumption of either flavored or plain milk is associated with a positive influence on nutrient intakes by children and adolescents and is not associated with adverse effects on BMI measures,” the researchers concluded.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at