Did you know that chocolate milk is an effective recovery aid for high endurance activities or exercise? Here are some reasons to replace sports drinks with chocolate milk:
- Milk helps strengthens bones and it can contribute to healthy weight
- The protein in the milk contains all of the essential amino acids for building or maintaining a lean body mass
- Similar to a banana, milk has approximately 10 times more potassium than most sports drinks
- Contains about the same amount of sugar as an equal amount of unsweetened fruit juice
- It’s low in fat, since it’s usually made from 1% or 2% milk
- Contains only a very small amount of caffeine – about the same as one cup of decaffeinated coffee!
A study published in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2004) shows plain old chocolate milk to be as good or better than sports drinks at helping athletes recover from strenuous exercise.
Milk is a sports drink, plus it supplies you with things you need whether you are working out or not. Chocolate milk has an optimal ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help refuel tired muscles along with other essential nutrients that are essential for an athlete’s health.
Chocolate milk contains all the vitamins A and D, calcium, phosphorus, protein, magnesium, zinc, potassium and vitamin B-complex of white milk.
- Calcium – Calcium keeps bones healthy and strong. Milk is the #1 source of calcium in the Canadian diet.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium. Milk is the #1 source of vitamin D in the Canadian diet.
- Riboflavin – Riboflavin keeps skin, eyes and nerves healthy and releases energy in cells. Milk is the #1 source of riboflavin in the Canadian diet.
- Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 helps form healthy red blood cells. Milk is the #2 source of vitamin B12 in the Canadian diet.
- Potassium – Potassium is the main nutrient responsible for fluid balance. Milk is the #2 source of potassium in the Canadian diet.
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy. Milk is the #3 source of vitamin A in the Canadian diet.
- Protein – Protein provides the building blocks for muscle and other body tissues. Milk is the #3 source of protein in the Canadian diet.
- Zinc – Milk is a source of zinc, which helps build protein and is involved in the immune response.
- Vitamin B6 – Milk provides the body with vitamin B6, which helps to build protein and blood cells.
- Carbohydrate – Milk is a source of carbohydrate and a great drink for athletes.