Let’s face it, chocolate milk is delicious. What’s not to like? But things just got even better. A recent study has shown that chocolate milk is the winner of post-exercise supplements for teens when compared to a carbohydrate counterpart.
Unlike pure carbonated drinks, chocolate milk also contains a fair amount of protein, fat and similar amounts of sodium. Some low-fat variants of chocolate milk on the market may not contain as much fat. The nutrition value of chocolate milk makes it a good post-exercise supplement drink. This is because
The study focuses on the performance increase of adolescent athletes when post-exercise supplements are switched. One-hundred and three high school students were selected and performed bench press and squats for strength assessment. After training sessions, chocolate milk or a pure carbohydrate alternative is randomly allocated to participants immediately.
A 12.3% improvement was seen upon the completion of the study for participants that drank chocolate milk post-exercise when compared to those that drank carbohydrate substitutes. Researchers conclude that chocolate milk ‘had a more positive effect on strength development and should be considered an appropriate post-exercise recovery supplement for adolescents.’
I don’t know about you, but I am buying two-litres of chocolate milk today, but probably not for the same reasons as the young athletes… yeah, this is just self-indulgence.
This study was published in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition