TL;DR – Now you know.
I think for most of us, we have been told more than once than Milo is a healthy drink. Typically marketed as a healthy drink for kids, we grew up with the It’s marvelous what Milo can do for you jingle and looked forward to the Milo truck appearance on our annual school Sports Day (or when Nathan Hartono joins another singing competition).
Even hospitals serve Milo!
However, Nestle recently dropped its health rating on Milo after health experts criticised the food and beverage company for “tricking” consumers into thinking that this chocolate malt beverage is healthy.
Basically, it could possible be healthy if – and only if – you only have only have three teaspoons and pair it with 200ml of skim milk.
But let’s face it, most people don’t consume it with skim milk alone. They usually drink it with full cream milk, straight out of the can or on ice-cream. And in Singapore, we typically have it with sugar and condensed milk, then top it off with even more Milo powder aka Milo Dinosaur.
Of course, doesn’t mean that you should stop drinking Milo. But if you are trying to fight the diabetes war in Singapore, then maybe you shouldn’t be drinking so much of it. Or switch to the Milo Gao Siew Dai version, which supposedly contains 50% less sugar.