Do You Flavor Your Tot's Milk?

Cynthia Dermody
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Some mamas squirt a little strawberry or chocolate syrup in their fussy one's milk cup to get them to drink it. They know it's not the best idea, serving up all that fat and calories, but they figure it's better than nothing at all.

The Stay at Home Moms were wondering whether sweetening up milk was common. Many moms were quick to point out that milk isn't as important as you may think -- only a cup or two a day is enough. And as long as toddlers are getting calcium from other sources, like green leafy vegetables, yogurt or cheese, they could drink even less than that.

Of course, there is another reason why pediatricians and health experts are so big on milk. It's because they know what those toddlers will choose to drink when they are older -- soda. And what it will do to them -- make them fat. Considering everything kids could be eating and drinking, milk is considered a pretty good choice.

This is a recommendation I agree with. I way prefer my kids drinking a little chocolate flavored cow's milk over a glass of artificially colored, nutritionally devoid chemicals and sugar any day.

If you are going to sweeten at all, here's a great mom tip: Use Ovaltine instead.

jillbailey26 did some research in her cupboards and made a comparison between the strawberry syrup and Ovaltine, the powdered chocolate drink:

Strawberry syrup: 24 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons.

Ovaltine: 18 grams of sugar per 4 tablespoons. There's also fewer calories and fat, and more vitamins and minerals.

Do you sweeten your toddler's milk? How do you make sure they are getting enough calcium?

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