A new study by the National Dairy Council shows that drinking flavored milk does not result in added weight gain for most children.
“For most ages and ethnicities, there was no difference in the overall diet quality between children who included flavored milk in their diet and those who did not,” says Elieke Demmer, manager of nutrition research with the National Dairy Council.
There were a couple of exceptions, however:
• Mexican boys, ages 12 to 17, and non-Hispanic girls, ages 2 to 5, had a worse overall diet when they drank flavored milk.
• Non-Hispanic black girls, age 12 to 17, had a better overall diet when they drank flavored milk.
“Overall, these results serve as a good reminder that flavored milk represents an important option for children and adolescents to meet dairy recommendations—within calorie and added sugar limits—which can help them meet the nutrients their growing bodies need,” says Demmer.
Additionally, even when kids drink flavored milk, they only get 3% of their daily added sugar from the milk. Even so, milk of any flavor is the number one source of nine essential nutrients for children and adolescents, she says.