Chocolate milk seems like a yummy drink reserved for children on special occasions. But according to a study done by the American College of Sports Medicine that was presented at a Baltimore conference last week, drinking low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk after exercising can have many health benefits. Even Michael Phelps gulps down chocolate milk between races!
The study made eight male runners complete two 45-minute run at 65% of their maximum level during two weeks and keep a balanced diet. The runners then drank either 16oz of fat-free chocolate milk or 160z of a different, carbohydrate-only post-workout drink that was equal calories of the chocolate milk.
After taking a muscle biopsy during these runners’ recovery periods, William Lunn, Ph.D., found that the fat-free chocolate milk drinkers had “heightened markers of muscle protein repair compared to the carbohydrate drink”.
Some more benefits of drinking fat-free chocolate milk after a work out?
- Relatively inexpensive and convenient and easy to make
- Also replenish glycogen stores in muscles, which is kind of like the fuel tank that powers a runner throughout exercising
- Vitamins A and D and calcium lead to bone strengthening and building muscle
- Chocolate milk has the perfect proportion of carbohydrates to protein needed by the body to recover tired muscles
- It is all-natural. The sugars and the carbohydrates are natural to the body and therefore are easier to metabolize, making it the optimum recovery aid
- It is yummy!
Some chocolate milk products to try:
- Dean’s The Skinny Cow Fat-Free Chocolate Milk (Illinois based)
- Horizon Organic Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk
- Oberweis Low-Fat Chocolate Milk