Chocolate Milk has recently become the recovery drink of choice for serious athletes due to its perfect ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fluids.
But is Chocolate Milk the perfect recovery drink?
“There is currently no perfect process for post workout recovery,” says Brett Singer, certified sports dietitian/nutritionist for Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute.
“Every athlete is different when it comes to their workouts and their recovery needs. Consuming chocolate milk provides good balance but for some athletes it may not be enough post workout. The athlete needs to be mindful of their activity and what the overall goal is.”
Some studies have suggested that chocolate milk is just as effective, if not more effective, than a speciality sports drink post workout.
Resistant/strength training will require a protein enriched recovery strategy while a endurance workout should be fortified with carbohydrates.
In respect to chocolate milk as a recovery aid the three main components for a quick and effective recovery are to refuel with fluid and electrolytes, replenish carbohydrate stores, repair muscle tissue with protein.
For more information on Sport Nutrition and Diets contact Brett Singer MS, RD, CSCS, LD of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institue of Houston.