Chocolate milk is the best sports drink on the market

body builder drinking milkYou’ve built up a sweat on the road, the muscles are “happy” sore, your energy level is a bit flat……

I can offer you

  • a super duper pricey specially formulated energy drink or
  • a mother nature’s special (chocolate milk)

Most sports nuts would probably opt to swig down the specially formulate sports drink, but mother nature’s formulation would be a better option, both for your muscles and for your wallet.

The post-exercise pep up

The muscles following a stiff work-out, do appreciate a little tender loving care.  The best time to give them a little love, is in the two-hour window following a strenuous exercise session.

The benefit of giving them a little TLC, is that the muscles will be able to recover speedily from the stresses and strains and so be in tip top shape for the next exercise session.


The Chocolate milk advantage

Researchers tested out there theory that chocolate milk would be the perfect post-exercise pep up on moderately trained male runners.  

After an exercise session, the athletes either consumed a typical sports drink or a carton of chocolate milk.   The pep up beverages were identical, in terms of the number of calories consumed, to ensure that there was no difference in the energy provided by the drink.   The effects of the drinks were assessed by analyzing muscle biopsies.

After chocolate milk, the muscles synthesized more protein suggesting more repair and rebuilding was happening

  • the  glycogen concentration (muscle fuel) was higher after 30 minutes and 60 minutes
  • there was less signs of muscle breakdown

Overall, the milk outperformed the carbohydrate loaded sports drink.

Not just for runners

The researchers also tried chocolate milk on a group of elite male and female cyclists.  The riders were put through a tough ride and were given either chocolate milk or a carbohydrate drink during a four hour rest.  

Next they did a 40 km time trail.  The chocolate milk peddle was significantly quicker than the ride following the carbohydrate drink.

So what is so special about chocolate milk ?

Milk includes both carbohydrates (in the form of lactose and glucose) and high-quality protein, whereas  sports drinks contain carbs only (in the form of glucose).

Mother nature manages to  package the proteins : carbohydrates in the optimal ratio for muscle recovery.  The carbohydrates  provide energy to refuel exhausted muscles and the protein builds lean muscle.  At the same time, the milk provides fluids for rehydration, replaces the electrolytes lost through sweating and adds in a few extra goodies, not typically found in sports drinks. 

Chocolate milk is a cost effective option

Chocolate milk is far more than a kid’s beverage – it’s the drink of champions.   If you need to refuel and recover, you don’t need to spend a fortune on commercial sports drinks – just down a carton of low fat chocolate milk. 

PS.  If you just ran for the bus or barely worked up a sweat,  then your exercise session  does not qualify as a strenuous workout.  Don’t swig down anything.   It will just put on the pounds,  because as soon as calories in, exceed calories out, the scales have been tipped towards weight gain.

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One Comment

  1. rosa says:

    lets not forget the higher fat content lowers the gi as well. i noticed the most protein rich foods tend to be high in fat. except maybe beans. nuts, meat, dairy,chicken, are all high in fat unless they are trimmed and skimmed. personally I like hamburger alot, I believe are cravings and likes are related to our nutritional needs.

    friuit is mostly carb, vit minerals sugar alcohols, phytochemcals fiber etc, veggies is mostly carbs and fiber but low per volume load. these nutrients are supposedly absorbed better if you consume a saturated fat with them.


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