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Effect of flavored milk vs plain milk on total milk intake and nutrient provision in children.

10 / 04 / 16

Fayet-Moore F. Effect of flavoured milk vs plain milk on total milk intake and nutrient provision in children.
Nutr Rev. 2016 Jan;74(1):1-17

Fifty three studies were reviewed to assess consumption, preferences, and intake behaviour of flavoured milk, as well as its impact on the diet and health of children.

Children rate flavoured milk as most palatable, and they drink more flavoured than plain milk. If flavoured milk is not available, children drink less plain milk and less milk overall. Children who consume flavoured milk drink more milk overall. Micronutrient intake is similar between flavoured and plain milk drinkers, but differences in total energy and sugars intake varies. There is no association between flavoured milk intake and weight status in normal weight children. In overweight children, contradictory effects of flavoured milk intake have been observed warranting further research.

In conclusion, children like flavoured milk and it helps them meet calcium targets without apparent adverse effects on weight and health.