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I don’t consider either “better” than other. This ultimately depends on personal preference and a few other factors.
I don’t have a problem with children drinking skim or low-fat milk, provided that they aren’t lactose intolerant, of course.
What disappoints me is that so many schools offer chocolate milk to children (and label it a “healthy” alternative simply because it contains calcium).
A single cup contains a tablespoon of added sugar. It’s fine as a treat, but I don’t find it to be the optimal beverage to accompany a meal on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, the majority of milk in the United States — chocolate or not — in the United States is produced by cows that chow on corn all day long and are injected with antibiotics and growth hormones.
Milk in and of itself is a nutritious beverage, though, providing high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, phosphorus, and potassium.
I would highly recommend opting for organic, grass-fed varieties.
Soy milk is a perfectly fine alternative.
Most varieties are fortified with vitamin D and provide a good amount of calcium, protein, and potassium.
I would be more concerned with what they’re eating along with that cold glass of (dairy or soy) milk.
*UPDATE* Thank you to reader “gd” for pointing out that vanilla and chocolate flavored soy milks also contain quite a bit of added sugar.
I erroneously assumed everyone reads minds and would telepathically infer I was only referring to regular soy milk in this post.
So, if you are opting for soy milk, I suggest going for plain or unsweetened varieties.