Iconic Aussie favourite, MILO, has hit the shelves in a new ready-to-drink format offering a convenient, calcium-rich option for active Aussie kids who need a nutrient boost.
With a 4.5 Health Star ratingi, MILO Ready to Drink provides Aussie kids with between 30 per cent and 50 per cent of their daily recommended calcium intake (depending on their age), addressing recent researchii which found some primary school aged kids aren't consuming enough of this vital nutrient. MILO Ready to Drink has already been awarded the 2015 -Australian Healthy Food Guide' Magazine's best lunchbox snack.
A CSIRO reportiii found that some primary school aged children are missing out on dairy consumption moments, particularly at lunch time and after school.
The same report found that 65 per cent of children aged between 4 and 16 years of age do not consume the recommended amount of dairy food each day. For girls aged 9 to 16, this statistic jumps to a staggering 86 per cent.
Accredited practising dietitian, Caitlin Reid, says calcium is vital for children to develop healthy bones and teeth, as well as other systems of the body, such as nerves and muscle tissue.
'People at different life stages need different amounts of calcium – for example teenagers have greater than average requirements," she says.
'It's important for dairy to be included in a child's diet on a daily basis throughout the crucial years of physical development. In addition to consuming dairy at home, parents should look for portable options that are suitable for the lunchbox and busy after school schedule."
Reid says MILO Ready to Drink is an ideal lunchbox option to help solve the dilemma of choosing nutritious options for school lunches.
'As calcium isn't naturally produced by our bodies, the new MILO Ready to Drink is a great lunchbox option for Aussie parents to boost their child's calcium and other nutrient intakes, like vitamin B12 and vitamin D, during the day."
MILO Ready to Drink can be enjoyed throughout the year. During hot summer months you can put a frozen pack in the lunchbox in the morning to have a cold drink during lunchtime.
Each 200mL Tetra pack of MILO Ready to Drink is full of the nourishing goodness families expect from a glass of MILO and milk. It is packed with eight essential vitamins and minerals, is low GI, and a source of protein.
Fast Facts about MILO Ready to drink
The eight essential vitamins and minerals present in MILO Ready to Drink include calcium, iron, and vitamins C, B2, B3, B6, B12 and D.
Each 200ml MILO Ready to Drink contains 400mg of calcium; between 30 per cent and 50 per cent of a child's daily recommended calcium intake (depending on their age).
MILO Ready to Drink scores 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 under the Australian Government's Health Star Rating system.
MILO Ready to Drink has already been has already been awarded the 2015 -Australian Healthy Food Guide' Magazine's best lunchbox snack.
MILO Ready to Drink is a Formulated Supplementary Food for when nutrient intakes are inadequate.
Over half the total sugars are naturally occurring in the milk, with just over 1 teaspoon (4.7g) of added table sugar per pack.
MILO Ready to Drink is made in Australia (produced in Tasmania) with the main ingredients of fresh milk, malt barley, sugar from Australia, and cocoa from overseas.
MILO Ready to Drink is -Green' according to the Australian National Healthy School Canteens Guidelines for Health Foods and Drink supplied in school canteens.
MILO Ready to Drink is available in packs of three at Woolworths, Coles, IGA supermarkets and Big W. RRP is $3.99.