There’s been a lot of debate about whether drinking milk is good for us, but that’s not what we’ll be talking about today. Instead, we’ll be talking about something that’s universally recognized as being not so good for us… and that is sugar. Specifically, sugar from flavored milk.
There are lots of different kinds of flavors of milk. Banana flavored milk, strawberry flavored milk, chocolate flavored milk, and my favorite — coffee flavored milk.
If you’re a drinker of these flavored milk, you’d know how sweet they can be. Regular milk contains naturally occurring sugar, but the taste of milk doesn’t exactly scream ‘sweet’, unlike flavored milk. It shouldn’t come as a surprise though, as a standard glass of chocolate milk can contain up to 3 teaspoons of added sugar!
Just to put it into perspective, American Heart Association suggests that sugar consumption should be limited to 5% of a person’s daily calorie intake. For women, that would roughly equate to a recommendation of not more than 6 teaspoons of sugar.
So, if you drink 2 glasses of chocolate milk a day, that would have exceeded your daily recommended limit for sugar. And trust me, there’s even more sugar in the other foods that we eat daily.
If you can’t live without daily morning milk, or you want your children to continue drinking milk, the obvious solution would be to switch out the flavored ones for the regular kinds. But what if, once in awhile, you’d just like to have some chocolate flavored milk?
All you have to do is to mix half a glass of chocolate milk with half a glass of regular milk! The result, a glass of tastier (in our opinion) chocolate milk that’s not too sweet and contains fewer calories.
If you’re trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain, it’s even more awesome when you realize that doing this once a day will help you save 10,000 calories a year. Considering we’re not actually giving up flavored milk, we’d consider this a pretty good deal.
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