Isn’t it just superb when you find out that something you already love is really good for you? Oh, chocolate milk, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
First of all, let’s not confuse things. Chocolate milk is an indulgence. It’s full of calories and a certain level of fat, depending upon the fat content of the milk used. And if milk causes you to feel bloated, crampy or gassy you may be lactose intolerant and you should go read about water instead.
Milk does a body good... it’s nearly perfect.
Chocolate makes it perfect!
There is new research suggesting that good old chocolate milk is superior for muscle recovery and replenishment than your average sports drink. Your muscles break down after exercise and the tissues need to rebuild and the stores of glycogen energy need to refill so you’re ready for more activity. The research concludes that chocolate milk does a better job of rebuilding and refueling the muscles than carbohydrate-only sports drinks with comparable calorie content because of the combination of carbs and protein. Drinking up to 16 ounces of chocolate milk after exercise will help you get over fatigue and soreness and return the body to fight ready condition.
If you’re not a fan of chocolate milk… what?!… or if you lack the enzymes to tolerate it, you can try snacking on some good sources of protein and carbohydrates together (and drink some water) for the same post-workout benefits. And just like anything that’s good, you can have too much chocolate milk. Besides the calories and fat, there are some health issues with consuming too many of certain minerals, so, like most things in life, use moderation.
Whether it’s white or brown, milk does a body good. With it’s vitamin D helping to fend off cramps, calcium for healthy bones, choline for fighting inflammation, protein for rebuilding muscle, potassium for maintaining muscle, and countless other nutrients, it’s a near perfect beverage. Adding chocolate makes it perfect!