When it comes to feeding your family, you only want the best for their well-being, but sometimes it’s difficult to separate the myths from the facts. Exaggeration about the amount of caffeine in chocolate milk would be one example. The amount of caffeine in an 8-ounce serving of chocolate milk is minimal at 2 milligrams — to put that in perspective, an 8-ounce glass of soda or cola has 22 milligrams, which is a 1,000 percent increase.
You can feel good knowing that chocolate milk is not something you have to worry about when it comes to caffeine and beyond. In fact, low-fat, and fat-free chocolate milk and white milk both provide nine essential nutrients that help kids meet their nutritional needs for growth and development.
Although the U.S. government does not have set guidelines for safe caffeine consumption for children, the Canadian government recommends that children ages 4 to 6 consume no more than 45 mg/day of caffeine and children ages 7 to 9 consume no more than 62 mg/day of caffeine. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that a small amount of added sugars can be used to increase the palatability and appeal of nutrient-dense foods, such as fat-free chocolate milk.
Chocolate milk is a fun, delicious and nutritious way to help people of all ages meet one of their recommended servings of dairy foods per day!