Chocolate milk may have just replaced water as the ultimate sports drink.
In recent years, chocolate milk has evolved from an elementary school student’s treat to a delicious and inexpensive replacement for overpriced Gatorades and various other fitness drinks.
Claims have been made that chocolate milk benefits the human body as much as, if not more than, routine energy formulas, flaunting an ideal combination of natural carbohydrates and proteins.
Since this discovery, even more studies have been conducted to determine just how beneficial chocolate milk can be for athletes.
According to a 2009 study in Medical News Today, chocolate milk was found to meet, and in some cases exceed, the post-workout recovery benefits of an equal-calorie sports drink.
A 2007 British study declared milk to be better at restoring fluid levels than water and other sports drinks after exercising under hot conditions.
With the appearance of these recent studies, it’s no wonder sports drink sales plummeted in 2009. Although most would attribute this downfall to economic hardships or other sales factors, the recent popularity of chocolate milk might have affected the downward trend.
Who wouldn’t choose cheap, delicious chocolate milk over a sports drink, anyway?
The benefits of chocolate milk are not necessarily new. Runners in particular have lauded the drink for years, praising it as a post-run miracle.
Only recently are other fields of fitness beginning to understand the benefits as well. Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps drank chocolate milk after swim sessions in the 2004 Olympics, helping to subtly promote the refreshment as a refueling wonder for sports other than just running or weight-lifting.
But why is chocolate milk so good for you? What exactly is it doing to garner such high praise from the athletic and medical communities?
Chocolate milk has a natural ratio of carbohydrates to proteins that is ideal for muscle recovery process after intense strength-training and aerobic exercises.
The amino acids found in chocolate milk also help to prevent future muscle damage and are capable of shortening recovery periods in between workouts. The acids repair damaged muscle tissue while promoting leaner muscle mass.
Additionally, chocolate milk, like plain milk, contains vitamin D and calcium levels that are significantly higher than those found in rival sports drinks. Such levels not only promote healthier muscles but also strengthen bones.
It is a more affordable beverage than sports drinks, too and if you’re not looking to buy a whole gallon of chocolate milk, simply picking up a bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup is enough to keep you satisfied.
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Source: Daily Trojan