Most of us grew up drinking chocolate milk, with our parents believing that a squirt of Hershey’s syrup would encourage us to down a full glass. As a parent who follows an organic lifestyle, you may now take the same approach, using a product like Ah!Laska Organic Chocolate Syrup, which is sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice.
Today, flavored milks are a popular item in U.S. schools, available in varieties ranging from chocolate and vanilla to blueberry and coffee. According to the National Dairy Council, these beverages—seldom organic—are usually sweetened with sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup.
Horizon Organic, one of the leading producers of organic dairy products, picked up on this trend and introduced shelf-stable, single-serving packages of flavored milk in varieties like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, orange cream and banana (ultra-pasteurized and packaged in aseptic containers). Each flavor is sweetened with organic sugar.
“Moms will love these new products because they’re organic, nutritious and convenient for a lunchbox or backpack,” says dietitian Julie H. Burns, a nutrition consultant for the company. “Kids will love them because they’re delicious and easy to drink on the go.
“Families can help reduce their kids’ exposure to added chemicals in food by incorporating organic products into their diets,” she adds. “An easy way to do that is by providing great-tasting organic foods in your child’s lunchbox.”
Horizon notes that “100% of pediatricians agree calcium is important for children’s growth and development, and 93% said that children are not consuming enough calcium in their diets.”
But the flavored milk phenomenon is not without controversy. Tune in tomorrow, when nutrition experts will weigh in on the pros and cons of organic flavored milks.