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Chocolate milk
A glass of chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk is sweetened cocoa-flavored milk. It can be created by mixing chocolate syrup (or chocolate powder) with milk (from cows, goats, soy, rice, etc.). It can be purchased pre-mixed with milk or made at home by blending milk with cocoa powder and a sweetener (such as sugar or a sugar substitute), melted chocolate, chocolate syrup, or a powdered chocolate milk mix. In the United Kingdom this is known as a chocolate milk shake.

Similar beverages

A mixture of hot milk and melted chocolate (or cocoa powder and sugar) is called hot chocolate. A mixture of ice cream, cold milk, and chocolate syrup is called a milk shake.

Scientific studies and research

Some nutritionists have criticized chocolate milk for its high sugar content and its relationship to childhood obesity. In New York City, school food officials report that nearly 60 percent of the 100 million cartons served each year contain fat-free chocolate milk. Chocolate milk can contain twice as much sugar as plain low-fat milk from added sugars.

Nutritional studies

A glasss of pasteurized chocolate milk made from water buffalo's milk produced by the Philippine Carabao Center

A number of studies have been issued in regards to chocolate milk nutrition. A 2005 study by the New York City (NYC) Department of Education found that by removing whole milk and replacing it with low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk, students were served an estimated 5,960 fewer calories and 619 fewer grams of fat per year. However, more recent studies show that fat-free and low-fat milk may actually increase body fat and contribute to obesity. Whole milk may in fact be healthier for obese children than low-fat or non-fat milk.

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