Over Thanksgiving I was with my family in the 'Land of Grandparents'...FLORIDA!
Like most families on this holiday, we were filling up on more than our share of food and football.
During one commercial break, a brand of chocolate milk was promoted as THE post-workout drink for the Florida Gator Athletes.
Could this be possible?
Chocolate milk as a post-workout drink?
I had to do more research to find out if it was true.
And low and behold, it is...
A study conducted by Indiana University's Human Performance Laboratory was published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism last month on the positive results of drinking chocolate milk after your workout.
Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, chocolate milk has:
1. Double the carbohydrate and protein - perfect for replenishing tired muscles
2. High water content - replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration
3. Calcium - a nutritional bonus
4. A little sodium and sugar - help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy
Now guys, before investing in a lifetime supply of Hersey's syrup...first assess your workout level!
A drink like chocolate milk is most useful to a cyclist, swimmer, advanced weight lifter, or long-distance runner. These sports stress high endurance levels and constant, sustained movement.