High school students should drink chocolate milk after exercise, study shows.

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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 after exercise, our body requires replenishing of protein to rebuild damaged muscle and sodium lost through sweat.

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