Flavored milk: The benefits of giving flavored milk to kids


Milk is considered to be a whole food full of all the essential nutrients. The early lactation milk contains colostrum which is the main source of nutrients for the newborn baby. It contains all the immunity boosters and immunoglobulins that help develop a baby’s immune system. Milk is primarily produced in the mammary glands of mammalian species to help their newborns to survive through initial months into the world. Other than that milk is produced by other animals like cows, buffaloes, goats and many more. This milk is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, natural vitamins, fats, and many other nutrients.  Milk also helps in maintaining the bone health and bone density of your body. A lot of kids do not like plain milk and hence parents tend to add chocolate or strawberry milk powder to their milk. So, is flavored milk good for kids or not. Let us have a look at it. 

flavored milk
flavored milk

Is flavored milk good for kids?

Well, as opposed to the popular belief that flavored milk contains a lot of chemicals and other foreign materials and it contains artificial flavors, so it is not good for kids. I would say that it is good for kids. For most of the kids not giving flavored milk may result in more harm than good. Here are the reasons why it is good for kids.

  • A kid does not drink milk
  • Your kid is a fussy eater
  • The kid’s overall growth rate is not up to the mark

A kid does not drink milk

Most of the kids today do not like the taste of plain milk.  As a result of which, the milk intake reduces drastically once the kid grows up. This deprives the kid of the natural ingredients and nutrients that milk possesses and which are very important for a kids growth and development. Flavored milk helps a lot in this case. So, the child will like to drink it and will get all the necessary nutrients.

Your kid  is a fussy eater

A lot of times the kid is a fussy eater and does not really eat anything.  The kid does not get nutrients from food as well. Hence, the kid will end up with nutrition deficiency. Apart from other nutrients that a kid receives from food, it is required that a kid has three full glasses of milk. But, most of the kids do not get this. As a result, it is advisable to give your kid a glass full of flavored milk. As a result of which, the kid will get the best of taste and all the required nutrients in a balanced manner. 

The kids overall growth rate is not up to the mark

Sometimes even after eating regular meals and everything, your kid might not be getting enough required nutrients. The kids’ immune system may be weak and this can lead to the low growth rate of the child as compared to other children. At that time a pediatrician may prescribe flavored milk immune system boosters to your kid to improve his or her own health. 

Benefits of drinking flavored milk

We believe that flavored milk contains high sugar content. But, according to recent research, it is said that flavored chocolate or strawberry milk contain a permissible amount of sugars. Soft drinks and non-carbonated beverages contain about 40% of artificial sugar and flavored milk only 4%. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is some room for added sugars in beverages and flavored milk fits well into that criteria. Flavored milk is advisable for kids. 

The other findings suggest that adding flavor to the plain milk is a cheap alternative to make it palatable and as a result of which, the kids will consume it more eagerly. The recommended intake of milk is 2 to 3 glasses a day. Most of the time kids do not meet it. Making the milk palatable with the help of chocolate and strawberry powders help bridge this gap and as a result of it, the kid ends up getting more nutrients. 

There is no connection in between consumption of flavored milk and increase in body weight or having tooth decay or cavities. 

Due to all of the above discussion. The benefits of flavored milk are greater and we should give it a try.  Please do let me know your views in the comment section below. 


Himali Parikhhttps://momabc.net
Himali is Parenting Blogger and founder of MomABC.net. She had done M.S in Molecular biology from University of New Haven (US) and was working with various Pharma companies. She had started this motherhood and baby care blog for helping other mothers.

More from author


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related posts


Pregancy Care

Best Tips to Care for your Nipples and Breasts during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is considered to be the most important part of motherhood. Lots of foods are said to increase the milk flow and help in...

How to take care of your body during pregnancy

During pregnancy a lot of ladies do not know about how to take care of your body during pregnancy and what all options are available. Here we discuss these.

Reasons why doctors choose for a c-section: 13 reasons

most of the times we want to go through the normal way of child birth. that is vaginal delivery. But, many times this is not possible.Here are the reasons.

Intresting Articles

Diapers or nappies: which one is best for your baby

New parents and new moms or mom to be usually get confused on what to choose in between diapers and nappies. there is always...

In vitro fertilization: a relief for all the childless couples

After marriage getting pregnant and having their own children is the most important thing in a couple's life. But, there are many couples in...

What Is Unstructured Play, And Why is it So Crucial for My Child?

You may be familiar with unstructured play, an activity that can greatly enhance your child’s brain development while they have fun. How does it...

Recipe of mixed fruit jam for kids

It is vacation time and the kids are at home. Kids have peculiar taste and sometimes they are really picky eaters. Sometimes it becomes...

Baby Toothbrush: All you want to know about using a toothbrush for babies

Maintaining hygiene is one of the most important factors for maintaining kids’ health. Not only, physical hygiene, but, dental and oral hygiene is also...

Want to stay up to date with the latest news?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and we will stay in touch. It's that simple!