Compiled by Don Penven
Well as it turns out, your Mom was right when she told you that milk is good for you, especially after some vigorous exercise. Based on recent nutrition and health care studies, drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout or brisk walk gives one a bunch of carbohydrates and high-quality protein… and it has a pretty good taste to it too.
Researches in three different but related studies examined the recovery benefits from a glass of chocolate milk to plain water and certain sports drinks. In testing high-endurance athletes, researchers learned:
- Trained cyclists demonstrated improved performance and pedaled faster thus knocking off considerable time after chocolate milk recovery vs. sports drinks.
- Adapting to aerobic fitness was multiplied by milk-drinkers over those drinking sports drinks.
- More muscle growth and less body fat developed among chocolate milk drinkers at the end of a 4-5 week test experiment.
Researchers state that chocolate milk, compared to plain low-fat milk, water or sports drinks contain twice the carbohydrates and protein levels. Chocolate milk also provides the recommended 4:1 carbs to protein content, which is ideal for replenishing tired muscles. The catch is that low-fact chocolate milk with very low sugar content is essential.
Another bonus is that milk is high in water content assuring adequate hydration. Last, but not least, we see that low amounts of calcium, sodium and sugar assist the body in water retention and energy gain. So you see, chocolate milk should not be thought of as a childhood favorite.