Nutritionists criticize flavored toddler drink

05/6/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Nutritionists and parents are critical of new chocolate- and vanilla-flavored milk-based formula for toddlers, saying it will lead children to crave sweets and is an early start toward obesity. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said the beverage -- which contains 19 grams of sugar per 7-ounce serving -- is designed to encourage toddlers to drink milk and said it is no sweeter than the chocolate milk or orange juice many children drink.

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