If you give your child chocolate milk for no particular reason, you probably won't be the type who reads this blog! But some very conscientious parents give their children chocolate milk because their children have refused to drink unflavored milk. These parents figure that milk with chocolate added is better than no milk at all.
One of the problems with chocolate milk is that children who drink chocolate milk don't adjust their total number of calories to compensate for the additional sugar. They eat the same number of calories from other foods than if they had drunk regular milk.
Chocolate milk has about 75 more calories per cup than regular milk. So, if your child drinks two cups of chocolate milk per day, he will consume 150 more calories per day than he would otherwise! This alone will cause your child to become overweight!
Another reason not to give your child chocolate milk, which is in line with the purpose of my blog, is that giving your child unnaturally sweet tastes, like chocolate milk, will teach him to crave the taste of sweetness. Children naturally like sweet tastes (even newborn babies), but if you feed your child something sweet each day, it will teach him to expect sweet tastes every day. When he is a teenager or adult, he will be more likely to feel like meals have to include something sweet.
There are other ways to turn a milk-hater into a milk-lover. Stay tuned, and I'll post more on how to accomplish this later.
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