Comparing Chocolate Milk and Pro-to-Go for Good Health

Working in tandem, both Pro-to-Go and chocolate milk provide the right nutrition when consumed at the right time in your workout or daily schedule.

Pro-to-Go is a source of nutrients and energy for people on the go.

chocolate_milk_red_capPro-to-Go whey protein fortified milk contains 14 grams of protein in each 8 oz. serving. With added calcium, this is a convenient and delicious way to get your essential nutrients, on the go. Here are some ways that Pro-to-Go may help you to keep up with your busy lifestyle:

Fight hunger between meals.
Studies show that protein increases energy levels and keeps you feeling fuller longer by blocking messages that signal to your brain when you are hungry.

Boost your metabolism.
Studies have also shown that calcium increases the body’s core temperature, which can prompt our bodies to burn fat. With 40% of your daily requirements for calcium, Pro-to-Go is a great source of this essential nutrient.

Prevent muscle breakdown.
 The USDA guidelines warn that, if the body does not get enough protein from your diet, it may break down your muscles to obtain the amino acids it needs to function. While dairy in general is a great source of protein, the added whey protein in our Pro-to-Go formula helps you get 25% of your daily requirement for protein in each serving!

Chocolate milk is an effective sports recovery drink.

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Drinking chocolate milk after heavy exercising can refuel your body, provide you with valuable hydration and electrolytes, and it tastes GREAT! Experts say that chocolate milk is an effective post-workout recovery drink. In fact, many recent studies show that chocolate milk replenishes the body after intense exercise just as well as (or better than) any popular sports drink on the market. Here’s why: 

•Re –fuel tired muscles.
The combination of protein and carbohydrates in chocolate milk appears to be "just right" for refueling weary muscles, says William Lunn, PhD, an exercise scientist at the University of Connecticut.
Lactose, a sugar naturally present in milk, gives chocolate milk a similar concentration of carbohydrates to protein as some leading sports drinks. “The high carb and protein content in milk make it an incredibly effective recovery drink,” says physiologist Joel Stagor, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University.

Replenish lost electrolytes and rehydrate after a workout.
Chocolate milk contains water, carbohydrates and electrolytes in the form of sodium and potassium. Studies show that the carbohydrates help your body absorb lost electrolytes faster than water alone.

Nutritional Value Product Comparison

Per 1 Cup (240mL) Serving Size

Pro-to-Go Milk

Chocolate Milk

Carbohydrate-to-Protein Ratio   2:1   Carbohydrate-to-Protein Ratio   3:1  
Calories:  190   Calories:  190  
Protein:  14g (25% daily value) Protein:  9g (17% daily value)
Carbohydrate: 30g Carbohydrate: 28g
  Sugars:  19g   Sugars:  26g   
Total Fat:  3g Total Fat:  5g
Calcium:  40% Daily Value  Calcium:  25% Daily Value 
       
       

References

Mu-Opioid Receptors and Dietary Protein Stimulate a Gut-Brain Neural Circuitry Limiting Food Intake. Duraffourd, et al. Cell, July 5, 2012.

“Calcium: Drink Yourself Skinny” http://www.webmd.com/diet/calcium-weight-loss Michael Zemel, PhD, director of The Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010

Indiana University, “Living Well,” October  2009; http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1674.html

“Chocolate Milk Refuels Muscles After Workout: Study Shows Carbohydrates and Protein in Chocolate Milk Help Muscles Recover From Exercise” http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20100604/chocolate-milk-refuels-muscles-after-workout

Consumer Reports, June 15, 2009, blogs.consumerrepors.org, Milk —as good as sports drinks for athletes?