Milk V. Chocolate Milk

School Of Nutrition Posted Dec 30, 2014 Future Fit Training


Cow's milk is a significant source of calcium and vitamins A and D. Some children and adults much prefer chocolate milk. But which one is better for you?

Milk V. Chocolate Milk

Let’s look at some stats comparing Tesco’s plain milk and their chocolate milk version:

 

SEMI-SKIMMED MILK

CHOCOLATE MILK

Portion size

100ml

100ml

Calories

50kcal

76kcal

Protein

3.6g

3.4g

Carbohydrates

4.8g

11.1g

Of which sugars

4.8g

10.5g

Fat

1.8g

1.9g

Saturated Fat

1.1g

1.2g

Calcium

124mg

122mg

Ingredients

Pasteurised homogenised semi skimmed milk. Less than 2% fat.

Semi Skimmed Milk (92%), Sugar, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Mass, Skimmed MilkPowder, Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum), Natural Vanilla Flavouring

Here are some highlights:

  • Both contain similar amounts of protein, fat, saturated fat and calcium.
  • Chocolate milk contains significantly more calories, carbohydrates and sugar than plain milk.
  • A quick glance at the ingredients label shows that chocolate milk has added sugar, stabilisers (carrageenan and xanthan gum) and flavourings.

Carrageenan is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae. It is most commonly used in food products as a thickener or stabiliser. Some animal studies have found that carrageenan causes inflammation of the intestinal lining and can lead to the formation of ulcerations and cancerous lesions in the colon [1]. However, the evidence from human studies to support these side effects is somewhat limited.  The use of carrageenan in infant formula is prohibited in the EU for precautionary reasons, but is permitted in other foodstuffs [2].

OUR WINNER: Plain Milk!

Choosing plain milk over chocolate milk avoids the added sugar, additives and stabilisers.

Having said that, whether plain or chocolate flavoured, milk is a great source of calcium. Both are, therefore, much better options than fizzy drinks. If you prefer to drink chocolate milk, why not make you own instead of buying the store variety? You can easily make chocolate milk at home: just add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and one teaspoon of sugar to a glass of warm semi-skimmed milk.

Written by Victoria Trowse

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REFERENCES:

1. Tobacman, J K. (2001). Review of harmful gastrointestinal effects of carrageenan in animal experiments. Environ Health Perspect 109(10): 983-984.

2. European Commission, Scientific Committee on Food. Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food on Carrageenan (2003). FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 441 http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/out164_en.pdf

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