Flavored milk is ripped with nutrition.flavored milk

Flavored milk is packed with the same protein, calcium and nutrients as unflavored milk. Which means flavored milk can go a long way toward helping Pacific Northwest kids build strong bones and teeth during their critical growth years (ages 9 – 18). The importance of this gets clearer when you realize up to 90% of young boys and girls fail to get adequate calcium. [1]

Flavored milk naturally provides eight additional essential nutrients, and almost all milks are fortified with vitamin D. Yet flavored milk has about half the added sugar of soft drinks or fruit drinks per eight ounce serving. And, flavored milk accounts for less than 3.5% of the added sugar intake in children ages 6-12 and less than 2% in teens.

Milk, flavored or not, has been shown to be an excellent way to replace fluid that is lost during exercise. [2, 3]  Also, milk may help reduce muscle damage and improve muscle recovery, which in turn may help the body perform better during its next workout. [3-8]  Milk can increase the body’s ability to make new muscle and may help improve body composition over time, when it’s enjoyed as a post-workout beverage. [9, 10, 11]

Flavored milks served as part of Oregon school meals are mostly fat free or low fat (1%) and do not have more than 150 calories per 8 oz. cup, only about 50 calories more than unflavored milk.  Flavored milks sold in stores vary widely in fat content and calorie level.  Read the nutrition label and make the choice that’s right for you.

[1] USDA/ARS 2009

[2] Sherriffs SM, et al. Milk as an effective post-exercise rehydration drink. Br J Nutr. 2007; 98:173.

[3] Watson P. et al. A comparison of the effects of milk and a carbohydrate-electrolyte drink on the restoration of fluid balance and exercise capacity in a hot, humid environment. Eur J Appl Physiol 2008;104:633.

[4] Cockburn E, et al. Acute milk-based protein-CHO supplementation attenuates exercise-induced muscle damage. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2008;33:775.

[5] Karp JR, et al. Chocolate milk as a post-exercise recovery aid. Int. J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2008;16:78.

[6] Pritchett K, et al. Acute effects of chocolate milk and a commercial recovery beverage on post-exercise recovery indices and endurance cycling performance. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009;34:1017-1022.

[7] Thomas K, et al. Improved endurance capacity following chocolate milk consumption compared with 2 commercially available sports drinks. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009;34:78-82.

[8] Gilson SF, et al. Effects of chocolate milk consumption on markers of muscle recovery during intensified soccer training. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009;41:5577.

[9] Hartman JW, et al. Consumption of fat-free fluid milk following resistance exercise promotes greater lean mass accretion than soy or carbohydrate consumption in your novice male weightlifters. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:373.

[10] Wilkinson SB, et al. Consumption of fluid skim milk promotes greater muscle protein accretion after resistance exercise than does consumption of an isonitrogenous and isoenergetic soy-protein beverage. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;85:1031.

[11] Josse A, et al. Body composition and strength training changes in women with milk and resistance exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009;Dec 9 [Epub ahead of print]

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