Chocolate milk is an effective sports recovery drink.
Research indicates that chocolate milk is, by far, the superior energy drink for serious athletes. Drinking Chocolate milk after heavy exercising can give your muscles the extra boost they need, provide you with valuable hydration, and it tastes GREAT! Order your 4-PACK today. It’s guaranteed FRESH until you drink it!
Drinking Chocolate milk after a workout may prevent muscle breakdown
Researchers from James Madison University have studied college soccer players, and found that low-fat chocolate milk was no different to a high-carbohydrate sports drink when it comes to athletic performance and recovery.
Athletes drinking milk also had lower amounts of a chemical marker in their blood that indicated muscle breakdown, possibly because the protein in milk helped rebuild their muscles.
Source: Consumer Reports Health
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/, June 15, 2009
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Is it true that milk is a superior sports drink? Indeed, many recent studies show that chocolate milk is very effective in helping athletes to recover from intense workouts. “Naturally occurring sugar in milk, called lactose, gives it a similar concentration of carbohydrates to some leading sports drinks. Milk also contains electrolytes in the form of sodium and potassium.”
Consumer Reports Health Blog: Milk—as good as sports drinks for athletes?
Chocolate contains alkaloids such as theobomine (a toxic substance to some animals) and phenethylamine. Eating chocolate has been linked to increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Some scientists even believe that when eaten in moderation, chocolate can lower blood pressure and provide a sense of well-being. A good work-out, paired with chocolate milk can raise your spirits as well as boost your energy level!
Chocolate milk is the best choice
For many years, sales for sports drinks have soared. There is good science behind these sales. If you are exercising for more than 45 minutes, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, beverages containing carbohydrates and electrolytes can actually improve your performance. That is because carbohydrates actually aid absorption faster than water alone.¹
A study at James Madison University concluded that soccer players’ athletic performance benefited from chocolate milk, and that there was no difference between consuming expensive sports drinks over a satisfying glass of chocolate milk. They also discovered that the athletes who drank the chocolate milk had lower amounts of muscle breakdown, due to the fact that the protein in milk actually increased their muscle replacement.²
Physiologist Joel Stagor, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University concluded that “when chocolate milk was consumed, the amount of time (athletes) could exercise until they were exhausted was similar or longer to when they drank fluid-replacement drinks alone.” The study was published in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and names chocolate milk as being an excellent post-exercise recovery aid.
In the lab, the athletes biked until they were exhausted, then they rested for a period of four hours, during which time they “each consumed low-fat chocolate milk, Gatorade, or the high carbohydrate sports drink Endurox R4. The results were positive. His research team concluded that the athletes who consumed chocolate milk performed just as well or better as those who drank the other beverages. The high carb and protein content in milk make it an incredibly effective recovery drink,” Stager concluded.³
“The chocolate milk proved to be just as effective a recovery ³ product as one commercial sports drink and almost twice as ³ effective as another commercial sports drink. Stager said chocolate milk would be particularly helpful for athletes such as swimmers, ³ long-distance runners and cyclists enduring long or intense practices, and for other athletes who practice more than once a day.” ³ Both sugars and protein in milk seems to be easily absorbed.
Chocolate Milk Refuels Muscles After Workout: Study Shows Carbohydrates and Protein in Chocolate Milk Help Muscles Recover From Exercise
¹ Consumer Reports, June 15, 2009, blogs.consumerrepors.org, Milk —as good as sports drinks for athletes?
² Gilson SF, Saunders MJ, Moran CW, Corriere DF, Moore RW, Womack CJ, Todd MK. Effects of chocolate milk consumption on markers of muscle recovery during intensified soccer training. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2009;41:S577
³ CBS News, “Chocolate Milk: The New Sports Drink?” February 24, 2006; www.cbsnews.com
³ Indiana University, “Living Well,” October 2009; http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1674.html