If you are looking for ways to reduce the amount of sugar you are eating, you may be wondering whether flavored milk or sweetened yogurt should be part of your family’s healthy eating plan.
Government and major health organizations agree people can enjoy some sugar (both natural and added) within the recommended daily amount, especially when it comes from nutrient-rich foods such as flavored milk, sweetened yogurt or whole-grain cereals. That’s because some added sugar can improve the taste of the nutrient-rich foods many people need more of, which can mean they eat more of them.
Dairy foods provide essential nutrients to the American diet important for a lifetime of good health. Milk, white or flavored, is a tasty way for kids, teens and adults to get nine essential nutrients (calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin equivalents), which can help kids grow into strong and healthy adults. In fact, there are several reasons why you can feel great about giving your kids low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk, if it’s their milk of choice.
Plus, dairy companies have taken action to reduce added sugars in flavored milk available to schools, which means fewer calories and less added sugar. Today, all milk in schools is low-fat or fat-free, and flavored milk is fat-free and the majority has 150 calories or less, with an average of 122 calories – just 25 more calories than white milk.
The dairy case is filled with a wide variety of dairy foods to choose from, so read the ingredient label, compare brands, and pick one that meets your preferences and health needs.