Does chocolate milk come from brown cows? Many Americans think so

According to NBC News, a survey conducted by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy of 1,000 adults over 18 in April 2017 found that 7% thought chocolate milk only came from brown cows in a natural manner and 48% weren't sure how chocolate milk came to be at all. The Post quotes a number of studies that show, for instance, that nearly half of fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders polled in urban California schools didn't know hamburgers come from cows, cheese comes from milk, or pickles come from cucumbers.

Perhaps those adults were children in the '80s when this commercial aired, and failed to remember its ending, especially since Hershey-branded chocolate milk is no longer around. Given the fact that, for most Americans today, food is simply something that arrives pre-packaged in supermarkets or restaurants, those numbers aren't as surprising as they could be. The results of the survey come during National Dairy Month and it reveals an alarming trend with people's knowledge of the food they're putting in their body. Another study of fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders in urban California found more than half didn't know pickles are cucumbers or onions and lettuce are plants; almost a third didn't know cheese is made from milk.

That study also showed that Americans did not know the type of food animals eat or the size of farms in the U.S.

Only 5 percent of people don't drink milk at all and 95 percent have cheese of some sort in their fridge.

Studies, however, say this is not representative of all of Americans.

  • Zachary Reyes