There is a misconception among many that drinking flavored milk means you are drinking milk that is more fattening or "bad" for you - but this is not necessarily so. Fat is truly not an issue since flavored milks are also available in low fat and reduced fat versions.
The main difference between flavored and non-flavored milk is two to four teaspoons more sugar (sucrose or high fructose corn syrup) and about 60 more calories per serving in flavored milks.
Although sugar can contribute to tooth decay, flavored milks and other liquids containing sugar do not readily adhere to tooth surfaces compared to sticky foods. The calcium, phosphorus and cocoa in chocolate milk can actually help to protect teeth from decay.
The amount of caffeine in chocolate milk is negligible -- about the same amount as in decaffeinated coffee.
The biggest plus about flavored milks is that many adults may be more likely to drink them. Flavored milk drinkers are also more likely to achieve higher calcium intakes without increasing total added sugar or fat in their diets.
The two most popular flavors of flavored milk are strawberry and chocolate. Obviously, chocolate is the number on favorite flavored milk! We see chocolate milk in many brands in our grocery stores. But who makes these delicious, creamy beverages in low fat strawberry flavor?
For the most healthful strawberry, there's Horizon Organic Low Fat Strawberry Milk. It comes in 8-Ounce Aseptic Cartons. The popular Kemps brand also makes a low fat strawberry milk. There are 180 calories in a 1 cup serving of Kemps Low Fat Strawberry Milk. The calorie breakdown is 13 percent fat, 69 percent carbohydrates and 18 percent protein. Another brand option is Wawa Lowfat Strawberry milk. There are 170 calories in an 8 ounce serving of Wawa Lowfat Strawberry Milk. The calorie breakdown is 11 percent fat, 71 percent carbohydrates and 19 percent protein.
In addition to the above brands, you can also purchase strawberry flavored powder or syrup by Nesquik. Nesquick also offers a bottled 8-ounce strawberry milk beverage. There are 150 calories in an 8 ounce bottle. The calorie breakdown is 4 percent fat, 8 percent carbohydrates and 16 percent protein.
Emerging evidence suggests that calcium may play an important role in weight loss and maintenance.
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