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Why Chocolate Milk Is the Perfect Post-workout Recovery Beverage

Forget sports drinks. Chocolate milk is the perfect post-workout beverage to kick-start recovery. It has the perfect blend of carbs, protein, and fat to replenish muscles, minerals that help hydration, and it can even prolong time to exhaustion.


By Brittany Smith, Men's Journal

Chocolate milk, your favorite childhood drink, could be a powerful recovery method you’re overlooking, Opens a New Window.  according to a new systematic review Opens a New Window.
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Researchers compiled studies of controlled trials on chocolate milk and its impact on workout recovery Opens a New Window. from PubMed, Scopus, and Google scholar dating back to April 2017. Overall, 12 studies were included in the meta-analysis.

Researchers looked at chocolate milk’s affect on performance and recovery markers, heart rate, time to exhaustion, serum lactate, and serum creatine kinase, and found it provides similar or even superior results when compared to a placebo or other sports drinks. Time to exhaustion significantly increases after chocolate milk consumption.

[post_ads]It’s thanks to chocolate milk’s macros. It has a 4:1 carb to protein ratio that’s perfect for recovery. The minerals (i.e. electrolytes) in chocolate milk also make it incredibly hydrating Opens a New Window. . Another study published in the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found athletes were able to retain more than twice the amount of fluid in chocolate milk than in a sports drink post-workout.

So, ditch the saccharine sports drinks post-workout Opens a New Window. and keep the basic ingredients on-hand for a DIY post-workout snack. Just add about 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder to 6 to 8 ounces of milk; if you want it to be a little sweeter, add 1 teaspoon sugar.


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