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Is chocolate milk good for you?

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All milk, flavored or not, offers important nutrients necessary for good health. However, chocolate milk contains more calories and sugar than white milk, which means it could contribute to unhealthy weight gain.

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According to the Dairy Council of California, the nutrients found in milk help with healthy growth and development in children and help prevent disease and promote optimal health in adults. White and chocolate milk contain calcium, potassium and vitamin D, three of the four important nutrients identified in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as areas of concern in the American diet. Chocolate milk also has all of the other major nutrients found in white milk, including magnesium, phosphorus, protein, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamins A, B12 and D.

Although some critics want chocolate milk to be removed from school lunch menus, studies show that kids who drink flavored milk get more nutrients than non-drinkers, according to the Dairy Council of California. The dietary guidelines call for three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day for individuals 9 years and older and two-and-a-half servings per day for kids aged 2 to 8 years.

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