Amy Joy Lanou, PhD, Senior Nutrition Scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, wrote in a Sep. 25, 2007 email to

“Flavored milks are not a particularly healthy beverage option for children or teens. As with unflavored cow’s milk, flavored cow’s milk is a significant source of fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol in children’s diets. The naturally occurring sugar in cow’s milk is lactose, a type of sugar that is not well-digested by many children after about age 4. Flavored milks also have sugar added, often to the point where, ounce for ounce, they contain the same amount of total sugar as soda.

The carbohydrates in cow’s milk are primarily comprised of lactose. The additional sugar in chocolate milk is sucrose just like the sugar in colas.

Two percent chocolate milk has 80% more calories and the same amount of sugar as an equivalent serving of cola. Just like 2% cow’s milk, 2% chocolate milk has nearly 5 grams of fat per 1 cup serving.”

Sep. 25, 2007