After a tough workout, it’s important to refuel your body with carbohydrates and protein to replenish the nutrients you lost. You don’t have to turn to expensive supplements for post-workout recovery. Recent studies have shown that you can turn to one of your favorite childhood treats for post-workout recovery: chocolate milk. Learn more about the benefits of drinking a cold glass of chocolate milk after a tough workout.
‘Similar or superior’ when compared to sports drinks
A glass of chocolate milk contains carbs, fat and protein. It also includes water and electrolytes, both necessary in post-exercise recovery. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed the effects of chocolate milk on workout recovery compared to a placebo or sports drink. The study shows that chocolate milk provides “similar or superior results” when compared to placebo or sports drinks.
During a workout, you break down amino acids, the building blocks of protein. To replace these amino acids, you need to fuel up on protein. Chocolate milk perfectly combines protein and easy-to-absorb carbohydrates. This makes chocolate milk a favorite amongst athletes. Many athletes also enjoy milk as it’s an inexpensive nutritional alternative to sports beverages.
Full of essential nutrients
While chocolate milk is a great recovery drink because it provides healthy carbs and protein, it also keeps your lean muscle tissue healthy. The magnesium, vitamins and minerals in the drink help your muscles thrive. In addition to the many health benefits of chocolate milk, it’s a very tasty alternative to traditional sports drinks.
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