Sunday, February 18, 2018

Share the Love with a Cup of Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is a treat that many have fond memories of from childhood and also we can’t deny that even we’re adults or grow old now, we still can’t resist the goodness and sweetness of this deliciously good drink, especially when shared with someone.
As we enjoy drinking and savoring chocolate milk. Did you ever wonder how this wonderful thing was made aside from knowing that the primary ingredient of is milk? And also wondering about where it was all started and who is the one invented it? So since we started to be curious and questioning about chocolate milk, let’s get started to recognize who is this chocolate milk.
Chocolate milk is so tasty that some people think it might be too good to be true. According to an urban legend in the 1980s and 1990s, chocolate milk was invented as a way for dairies to sell milk that was unsellable because it got tainted with cow blood during the milking process. The chocolate “hides” the blood. Fortunately, this isn’t true. Here’s the truth behind it, According to the Natural History Museum in Britain that credit goes to Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish botanist. While Sloane was in Jamaica, he encountered a beverage the locals drank made with cocoa mixed with water. After trying it, he reported the flavor to be nauseating.  After some experimentation, Sloane found a way to mix the cocoa with milk to make it more pleasant tasting. He brought the chocolate recipe back with him upon his return to England.  Now people enjoy this delicious drink every day. 
Chocolate milk is not just your typical beverages to drink during break time in school or anywhere. It’s something that delicious and also healthful drink that can help you to be healthier than before because it contains the following ingredients:
·  93% milk
·  6.3% sugar
·  0.65% cocoa powder
·  0.05% carrageenan

Milk is a primary ingredient in making chocolate milk which helps to make it still healthy to drink. It provides three of the four nutrients of concern identified in the Dietary Guidelines namely the calcium, vitamin D, and potassium which help to strengthen our bones and strengthen our teeth. Getting enough servings of milk products every day is essential for many health benefits. 
Sugar serves as a sweetener in making chocolate milk. It has a significant part in making a delicious drink. Besides that it makes the chocolate milk to be tastier, it also contains calories which help us to boost our energy when doing some activities. 
Cocoa powder in chocolate milk gives the drink the chocolaty and eye-catchy color. It also has health benefits in our body and contains essential minerals that support heart, bones and immune system. 
Carrageenan is important in suspending the cocoa powder in our chocolate milk, thus making our drink homogenous. Without carrageenan, cocoa particles will settle down and milk will whey-off during storage. It also provides mouthfeel in our chocolate milk by imparting “body” or viscosity making it creamier and tastier. For its health benefits, it is a good source of fiber which may increase satiety, lowers blood cholesterol, reduces blood glucose spikes after meals and acts as probiotic.  
W Hydrocolloids has developed a carrageenan blend dedicated to the dairy beverage, the Rico 85 Series. It is not only for chocolate milk, but also for soy milk, HTST/Batch Processed Milk, and UHT Processed Milk. As a global carrageenan producer, continuous innovation in food applications are done to creating best products in the market. 
We’re already done to review the benefits of each ingredient in making a delectable chocolate milk. So here are some trivia’s that you must know while enjoying this palatable chocolate milk:

  • Did you know? That In Jamaica, chocolate milk was sold as a medicine because of its different unique health benefits.
  • Research has found that cacao actually contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. The problem is that the things that are added such as sugar and milk can still cause cavities.
  • Drinking one large glass after you work out will boost muscle growth and speed recovery.
  •  It’s not highly caffeinated. The amount of caffeine in chocolate milk is similar to the number of decaffeinated drinks. In fact, an 8-ounce serving has between 2 mg and 7 mg of caffeine.
  • Many studies have praised chocolate milk as a post-workout recovery drink.

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