January 16, 2004 at 4:38 PM CST - Updated June 25 at 10:05 PM
Can't get your kid's to drink enough milk? Well, moms, doctor's say there is a sweet way to get your kids the calcium they need.
A study published in this month's "Journal of Adolescent Health" found that kids who drank sweetened dairy products like chocolate milk get significantly more calcium than kids who drink other sweet drinks. Rachel Johnson, a professor of agriculture, says kids without calcium in their diet can have lifelong health problems such as poor bone health, which can lead to osteoporosis, and other health problems including obesity, hypertension, and other serious chronic diseases.
As of now, nine out of ten teenage girls and seven out of ten teenage boys fail to get the calcium they need.