The other day I was on a plane on our way to vacation. Instead of spending the 2 hours between Milwaukee and Denver reading or sleeping I had a great conversation with a woman from Colorado about food, farming, gardening and all kinds of other topics. I of course enjoy sharing the story of dairy and I picked up some great gardening ideas from her. Towards the end of the flight she asked me if she could ask me a question. I think you can probably guess what her question was. The idea that chocolate milk or strawberry milk is made from bloody or pus filled milk is something that has been floating around the internet for a while. If you google “is chocolate milk bloody” or “blood in chocolate milk” you will get a lot of websites that are anti-dairy helping to spread this rumor. I don’t know where it started but I think it’s time to put a stop to it.
Let’s break this down into a few parts… First, the logistics of how milk is handled. The very first thing that puts this rumor to rest is that if a cow did have blood in milk for some reason, the milk would be dumped out and wouldn’t end up in the bulk tank with the milk from the other cows. Cows can get bumps and bruises just like us and that could cause blood in milk but it doesn’t happen very often at all. Which leads me into my next point. If a single cow did have bloody milk and for some reason her milk wasn’t dumped, which again, it would be, her milk would go into the bulk tank with the milk from all the other cows on the farm. Then that milk would go into the semi truck tank with all the milk from the other farms that truck picks up every day. Finally that semi’s milk would go into an even bigger tank at the milk processing plant. There is no possible way that flavored milk could be made out of bloody milk because there is no way that milk would end up in a tank and there would be no way to sort bloody milk from the other milk. That should put this rumor to rest right there and if you don’t believe me check out Snopes.
So what milk do they make chocolate, strawberry or other flavored milk from? Regular old milk. The exact same stuff that is unflavored. Why do they make flavored milk? Hello! Because it’s super tasty, duh! My favorite way to drink chocolate milk is in my coffee in the morning. Instant mocha deliciousness.
Do me a favor and share the heck out of this page. The more it is shared, the more people who read it, the more likely this post will come up at the top of the page when people turn to google to ask about chocolate milk instead of anti milk propoganda sites. Smokey the Bear says “Only you can’t prevent forest fires!” and I say “Only you can stop food rumors.”