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Should you start drinking chocolate milk after a workout?

Posted Jul 23 2011 5:44am

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Perhaps you don’t give it much thought but the drink that you have after a workout can help improve your recovery time and increase the benefits of your running, joggling, or other workout.

According to a couple of recent exercise studies from the University of Texas at Austin, chocolate milk may be the way to go.

The researchers compared the effectiveness of chocolate milk versus standard carbohydrate recovery drinks (e.g. Gatorade). They found that the chocolate milk drinkers had more developed muscles, less fat, and improved times.

This seems like a pretty good benefit and might make me switch.

While I love chocolate milk and need little reason to drink some, I do have concern about switching entirely. Here is my major problem.

Chocolate milk has a lot of calories. Even the low-fat stuff has 160 calories per serving (8 ounces). I don’t know about you but 8 ounces is not enough to quench my thirst after a workout. I usually have a 32 ounce of Gatorade. That has 200 calories. A similar amount of chocolate milk would be a whopping 640 calories. ugh!

So, I may add a few bottles of chocolate milk to my exercise routine to try and get some of the benefit but I doubt that I’ll switch over completely.

My preferred recovery drink still remains Diet Dr. Pepper or Diet Coke. I know some people think these are unhealthy but I’ve yet to see data that convinces me of it. I’m still open to the possibility.

But no calories is better than lots of calories. Until I see evidence to the contrary, I’m sticking with it.

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