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Chocolate milk, the other recovery drink

The market is saturated with workout recovery drinks and choosing the right one can be baffling. There are highly engineered products that have just as highly engineered marketing campaigns. They promise thirst quenching energy boosting tissue repairing effects and most deliver on this promise. But when considering cost, nutritional impact, taste, and results you may be surprise to know that old fashion chocolate milk is just as good. Now, its understood that not everyone can digest this dairy delight, that aside chocolate milk maybe that workout recovery drink you’ve been looking for.

The facts: an 8-oz. serving of low-fat chocolate milk has roughly 190 calories; the same-size serving of chocolate whole milk has approximately 208 calories, and a serving of low-fat, or 1 percent, chocolate milk has about 158 calories, as stated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Packed in those 8-oz. of low-fat chocolate milk also contains 2.5 grams of fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 190 mg of sodium, 8 g of protein and 29 g of carbohydrates, including 1 g of dietary fiber. To top it all off you get 10 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin A, 6 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 4 percent of the recommended daily value of iron.

There are a number of studies out there that can be researched, but one published in the Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, compares the value of whole foods to high-tech supplements; the notion that these high-tech products are better is being chanlleged. In the case of chocolate milk, they note that it contains key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, in quantities that sports drinks can't match.

Now the key to reaping the recovery benefits is to understand that drinking chocolate milk should be apart of well balance consistant workout/training regiment. Given the carbohydrates involved be sure that your training intensity output will accomidate the carb input of chocolate milk. As with any change to your workout, if you’re not sure of the result introduce it slowly. For the majority of athletes though, chocolate milk could be a welcomed change.