Q: Which is the more nutritious way to prepare chocolate milk with syrup or powder?
A: It's not what you choose, it's how much you use, says Kathleen Zelman, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association in Chicago. Manufacturers call for two to three tablespoons of syrup (100 to 150 calories) or powder (80 to 135 calories) per cup of milk. "Cut back to 1 or 1 ½ tablespoons per cup," she says. "That will give the milk a chocolate flavor and add fewer calories and less sugar."
Steer clear of no-sugar-added chocolate powders or "light" syrups, because they contain artificial sweeteners, which aren't appropriate for most children. Be careful if you're choosing powder with added vitamins and minerals; if your child drinks a few glasses of chocolate milk every day, she could exceed her requirement of nutrients such as vitamin C. Remember, too, that all chocolate milk is chock-full of calcium and vitamin D, which build strong bones and teeth. "It's a better choice than most beverages," notes Zelman.
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