It’s Good for You!
Chocolate milk is a good addition to a healthy diet. In a study published in 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Spanish researchers reported that drinking chocolate milk made from unsweetened cocoa powder appeared to reduce some of the inflammation risk factors associated with heart disease. Low-fat chocolate milk is also recommended by the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a recovery beverage for athletes since its nutritional content helps to replenish the body’s essential nutrients after vigorous exercise.
An 8-oz. serving of low-fat chocolate milk has about 190 calories according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). An 8-oz. serving of low-fat chocolate milk also contains 2.5 grams of fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 190 mg of sodium, 8 g of protein and 29 g of carbohydrates, including 1 g of dietary fiber. Chocolate milk is a rich source of calcium, with 30 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium in one 8-oz. serving.