My workout recovery drink of choice...Chocolate Milk
Posted Apr 01 2010 6:42am
That's right, you heard me. When I get done with a run/workout, I reach for the chocolate milk rather than some overpriced, over sugared retail brand. When we workout we reduce the the muscle's supply of stored glucose, or glycogen, which is the main "fuel" source for exercise. To utilize and maximize that glycogen replacement, exercisers are supposed to eat/drink a serving of carbohydrates within 30 minutes. Gatorade, powerade and other sports drinks replace those carbohydrates, electrolytes that are lost but lacked the protein that may quicken the recovery. Milk has the best ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help "refuel" those muscles. Why? Researchers aren't quite sure but they think it has something to do with the composition of sugars in the milk and it's ability to absorbed better in the gut than most recovery drinks.
Studies show we should be drinking more milk anyways. Why not add this cheaper option that supplies carbohydrates, protein, potassium, and Vitamin D?