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Chocolate milk: the best recovery drink?

6 Jul 2011

There have been at least a couple different studies over the past several months touting chocolate milk as an excellent recovery drink.

  • The Daily Texan: “A recent UT study found that the proteins and carbohydrates in chocolate milk make the beverage an excellent post-workout recovery drink.”
  • Fitness magazine: “Compared to plain milk, water, or sports drinks, it has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles.”

How hard do you have to work out for it?

Joel Stager, Indiana University Physiologist, told Fitness magazine that a recovery drink like chocolate milk is suited for endurance athletes going through a the workout stress of sustained, prolonged activity.

Consider the experimental design of the UT Study: participants were given a dose of chocolate milk after a THREE-hour workout and another allotment before completing an athletic test (timed cycling trial).

The right post-workout meal or snack should include carbs and proteins, but after your daily workout, you may not need as much sugar and sodium as chocolate milk provides. Try a slice of whole grain bread with peanut butter, a small half sandwich, a homemade shake with a piece of fruit and protein powder or a comparable RTD (ready-to-drink) beverage.

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