A study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that plain old chocolate milk may be as good -- or better -- than sports drinks at helping athletes recover from strenuous exercise¹.
The findings suggest that chocolate milk has an optimal ratio of carbohydrates to protein which helps refuel tired muscles.
While rapid nutrient replacement may not be important for casual exercisers, it can make a big difference in performance for competitive athletes who work out vigorously once or twice a day.
Milk is a sports drink ‘plus’. It will supply you with things you need whether or not you’re working out.
Dietitians note that milk also contains nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, in quantities not found in most sports drinks.
Estimates are that more than two-thirds of teenagers don’t get enough calcium in their diets. Dietitians also recommend milk as an important source of other nutrients such as protein, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, B12, potassium and, when added, vitamin A and D.
¹Karp, J. et al. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2006; 16:78-91.