I don’t know about you but I love chocolate milk! In fact, as I write this I am drinking a chocolate protein shake. However, with all the news out there about sugars, dairy, and fats, chocolate milk is certainly an item left of most health and fitness menus. Well that isn’t the case any more! New science has been revealed that is certainly making a case for the use of low-fat chocolate milk as an effective recovery drink after a workout. In fact, the science is so strong there are professional athletes like basketball star Kevin Love, dedicated to the chocolate milk life and represent it as a sponsored athlete (check them out at www.builtwithchocolatemilk.com).
So why has chocolate milk suddenly made light of the dark side? Right out of the gates, it’s all about the nutritional content. Let’s break it down;
Low Fat Chocolate Milk contains:
- A natural source of high quality protein
- The right carb-to-protein ratio scientifically shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles.
- Vitamin A to support a healthy immune system and normal vision.
- Electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium to help replenish what’s lost in sweat.
- B Vitamins for energy.
- Fluids to rehydrate
- Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, protein and potassium to build and maintain strong bones and help reduce the risk for stress fractures.
Sports Nutritionist Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD says low fat chocolate milk “offers the right balance of carbs and protein and has been scientifically shown to effectively refuel exhausted muscles.” Not to mention it also can help build lean muscle and tone up your body.
Obviously we at Eat.Fit.Fuel. aren’t suggesting you start drinking low-fat chocolate milk like it’s water, more suggesting and publicizing it as a possible & useful muscle recovery and body composition tool. Bottoms up!