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Science Says Flavored Milk is Good for Kids, Unlike Soda
Date:3/17/2010

PHILADELPHIA, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz, half of the city's children are overweight or obese, and soft-drink consumption is rising while milk consumption is falling. As proposed, the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages applies not only to nutrient-poor soft drinks and iced teas but also to a nutrient-rich beverage, flavored milk. With seven out of 10 pre-teen and teen boys and nine out of 10 pre-teen and teen girls failing to meet their daily calcium requirements, adding a tax to flavored milk places a fiscal and physical burden on Philadelphia children already in a calcium crisis.

Flavored milk contributes less than 2 percent of the total added sugar to the average teen's diet and less than 3.5 percent in children ages 6 to 12. Sodas and fruit drinks account for 50 percent or more, delivering much less, if any, nutrition in the process.

"The fact is, children are not drinking enough milk as it is," said Patricia Kennedy, MS, RD, vice president of nutrition communications for Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. "Failing to get adequate calcium in childhood puts kids at increased risk for stress fractures and bone breaks now and osteoporosis later in life. Flavored milk is a way to help children get adequate servings of nutrient-rich dairy every day."

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that low-fat or fat-free flavored milks with modest amounts of added sweeteners are generally recommended to help optimize bone health and calcium intakes of children and adolescents. Another study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that flavored milk drinkers consume more milk than exclusively unflavored milk drinkers.

Scientific research supports the benefits of nutrient-rich flavored milk as part of a healthy diet.

  • Milk drinkers, in general, consume more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A than non-milk drinkers.(1)
  • Flavored milk drinkers do not have higher total fat or calorie intakes than non-milk drinkers.(2)
  • Children who drink flavored and unflavored milk do not have a higher body mass index (BMI) thank those who do not drink milk.(2)
  • Flavored milk drinkers have lower intakes of soft drinks compared to those who do not drink flavored milk.(3)

Milk is a nutrition powerhouse -- both flavored and plain milk contain nine essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. Studies show that flavored milk can help close the nutrition gap because children prefer it and will drink more milk when it's flavored.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and leading health professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association support the inclusion of low-fat or fat-free flavored milk in children's and adolescents' diets. For more information about the nutrition benefits of flavored milk, visit http://dairyspot.com/schools/flavoredmilk/flavoredmilk.html.

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, affiliates of National Dairy Council®, provide nutrition education programs and services in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.dairyspot.com.

Established in 1915, National Dairy Council provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. For more information, visit NationalDairyCouncil.org.

(1)Frary CD, Johnson RK, Wang MQ. Children and adolescents' choices of foods and beverages high in added sugars are associated with intakes of key nutrients and food groups. J Adolesc Health 2004; 34(1):56-63.

(2)Murphy MM, Douglas JS, Johnson RD, Spence LA. Drinking flavored or plain milk is positively associated with nutrient intake and is not associated with adverse effects on weight status in U.S. children and adolescents. J Am Diet Asoc 2008; 108:631-639.

(3)Johnson RK, Frary C, Wang MQ. The nutritional consequences of flavored milk consumption by school-aged children and adolescents in the United States. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002; 102(6):853-856

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