Science Supports Role of Milk And Flavored Milk, in Children’s Nutrition

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — Leading health and nutrition organizations –
including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of
Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, National
Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition
Association – recognize the valuable role that low-fat or fat-free milk,
including flavored milk, can play in meeting daily nutrient needs, and helping
kids get the daily servings of milk recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for

All milk contains a unique combination of nutrients important for growth and
development. And flavored milk accounts for less than 3.5 percent of added sugar
intake among children ages 6-12 and less than 2 percent of the added sugar
intake among teens. Studies have shown that children who drink flavored milk
meet more of their nutrient needs; do not consume more added sugar, fat or
calories; and are not heavier than non-milk drinkers.

Flavored milk is an important choice because:

  • Milk provides nutrients essential for good health and kids will drink more
    when it’s flavored
  • Flavored milk contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk –
    calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and
    niacin (niacin equivalents)
  • Drinking low-fat or fat-free white or flavored milk helps kids get the 3
    daily servings* of milk recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,
    and provides three of the five “nutrients of concern” that children do not get
    enough of – calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as vitamin D
  • Low-fat chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice in schools and kids
    drink less milk (and get fewer nutrients) if it’s taken away.

*3 cups of low-fat of fat-free milk or equivalent milk products for those 9
years of age and older and 2 cups of low-fat and fat-free milk or equivalent
milk products for children 2-8 years old.


National Dairy Council