3 Guilt-Free Reasons to Drink Chocolate Milk
By Genevieve Cunningham
Chocolate milk. As kids, we often treat chocolate milk as a treat. It’s something that parents allow once a day or a few times a week. It’s rich and creamy and completely satisfying. As we get older, we often lose the habit of drinking a big cold glass of chocolate milk. But what if this old childhood favorite is actually healthy? Take a look at these great reasons to add chocolate milk back into your diet completely guilt-free.
It’s Full of Electrolytes
Chocolate milk has a large amount of electrolytes, and electrolytes are necessary for keeping the body hydrated properly. What else has a lot of electrolytes? Sports drinks -- a drink that is made specifically for rehydration. Chocolate milk is so effective at providing the body with the nutrients and hydration that it needs, many people even use this as a recovery drink after workouts.
It Gives You a Blast of Calcium
Calcium is a nutrient that is absolutely essential for healthy bones and teeth. When we don’t get enough of this important nutrient, we may suffer from weak and brittle bones as well as unhealthy teeth. And this is a nutrient that we need at all ages of life, whether we're very young, very old, or somethere in between. Milk is one of the foods that we consume on a regular basis that contains plenty of calcium. Drink chocolate milk regularly, and you’ll get your calcium consumption in a delicious way.
It’s an Excellent Source of Vitamin D
We simply must have Vitamin D in our lives if we wish to be healthy. While much of our Vitamin D consumption actually comes from the sun, milk is another excellent way to get enough. And since very few foods contain Vitamin D as a nutrient, milk is one of your only options for consumption through diet. Vitamin D promotes healthy bones, more stable moods, and efficient body function, so drinking chocolate milk may help to bring these benefits into your life.
The good news is that chocolate milk is not just for kids. While it’s a great way to help keep your children healthy, it’s a guilty pleasure that can bring healthy benefits to adults as well. If you’ve given it up, add it back into your menu without the guilt, and enjoy the satisfying flavor along with the boost to your overall wellness.
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