There are many reasons why chocolate milk is an important beverage choise, especially for kids.
Chocolate milk is a healthful alternative to soft drinks. Research has shown that children who drink chocolate milks drink fewer sweetened beverages (that can cause tooth-decay), such as soft drinks and fruit drinks. They also consume more milk in total.
Chocolate milk is especially important for growing children, because chocolate milk has the same nutrients as white milk, including its calcium and vitamin D.
Milk in it provides essential nutrients for good health. Low fat chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice.
Chocolate milk contains no more sugar than unsweetened apple juice. With its ideal balance of protein and carbohydrates, it is essential for many health benefits.
A key ingredient in chocolate milk is chocolate (chocolate is made from cocoa beans). Caffeine is a stimulant naturally found in cocoa beans. Chocolate milk contains only a very small amount of caffeine found naturally in cocoa.
Because it contains some caffeine and sugar, many people believe that chocolate milk causes hyperactivity in children. However, there is not enough caffeine in chocolate milk for it to have an effect on kids’ behavior.
Caffeine’s effects on behavior depend on an individual’s tolerance or sensitivity to caffeine, but generally the tiny amount of caffeine in chocolate milk is too small to affect most children.
An average 8 oz. glass of chocolate milk (250 ml) has 2 to 7 mg of caffeine.
Milk Chocolate Bar (2 oz., 56 g) contains 3 to 20 mg of caffeine.
Dark Chocolate Bar (2 oz., 56 g) contains 40 to 50 mg of caffeine.
Cola Soft Drinks (10 oz., 284 ml) contains 22 to 50 mg of caffeine.
A cup of other cacao beverages may contain zero to 25 mg of caffeine.
A cup or portion of chocolate milk contains about the same amount of caffeine present in a 5 oz cup of decaffeinated coffee.
Maximum daily recommended caffeine intakes for children are:
- for children 4 to 6 years old - 45 mg per day
- for children 7 to 9 years old - 62.5 mg per day
- for children 10 to 12 years old - 85 mg per day
Recommended consumption of caffeine for adults is about 280 mg per day.
So conclusion here is that chocolate milk contains negligible amount of caffeine.
Note: All figures are approximate, this site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.