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An excellent source of nutrients, flavored milk can be a key component of a healthy diet. Delivering the same 9 essential vitamins and minerals as white milk, research shows that when flavored milk is removed from schools, consumption drops 35%.

  1. Milk provides nutrients essential for staying healthy, and kids will drink more when it’s flavored.
  2. Flavored milk contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk and is a healthful alternative to soft drinks.
  3. Drinking low-fat or fat-free white or flavored milk helps kids get the three daily servings of milk recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans; It also provides three of the four “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of: calcium, potassium and vitamin D. Pair dairy with a whole grain or fruits & veggies and you will pick up the 4th, nutrient of concern, dietary fiber.  
  4. Children who drink flavored milk meet more of their nutrient needs. They do not consume more added sugar, fat or calories, and they are not heavier than non-milk drinkers.
  5. Low-fat chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice in schools, and kids drink less milk (and get fewer nutrients) if it’s taken away.

Here are some links to downloadable resources and fact sheets that may be helpful as you communicate with your local communities. 

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