Is there blood in chocolate milk? The other day I was on a plane and instead of spending the 2 hour flight reading, I had a great conversation with my seatmate. 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. She explained that she use to love drinking chocolate milk, but then someone told her that it was made with milk that had blood in it. After that she never bought premade chocolate milk again.
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.
Milk quality matters.
Let’s break this down into a few parts. Cows can get bumps and bruises just like us and that could cause blood in milk. However it doesn’t happen very often at all. When it does happen farmers discard the milk.
Milk is highly regulated and tested. It’s actually one of the most regulated and tested foods in the grocery store. Not only would we not want to produce a product that we would feed our own families, our farms could be shut down if we failed to meet safety and quality standards.
But the quickest way to put this rumor to rest is the logistics of milk. When our milk is picked up a semi comes and pulls all the milk from our milk storage tank onto the truck. The driver takes a sample and a bar code that traces back to our farm is placed on it. The truck leaves and heads to the next farm and does the same thing. When the truck is full it heads to the processing plant where the samples from each farm are tested for contaminants and quality before it is processed.
If chocolate milk was made from bloody milk that would mean that farmers would have to have expensive additional equipment to store that milk. There would also have to be a special milk truck going around to farms to pick it up. Which is pretty absurd when you think about it.
Snopes has also chimed in on this if you want another perspective.
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.