3 reasons to drink chocolate milk after a workout
Chocolate milk is often called nature’s recovery beverage, and many athletes grab a bottle after their workouts.
“How you refuel after strenuous exercise can make a difference in your next workout,” says Marissa Strehlow, athletic trainer at Aurora Sports Health in Mequon, WI. “Drinking low-fat chocolate after exercising has shown to be beneficial for recovery.”
Here’s why. After a workout or anytime, chocolate milk provides a natural source of:
- High-quality protein to help build lean muscle.
- A balance of carbs and protein to help refuel exhausted muscles after a workout.
- Electrolytes – including calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium – and fluid to rehydrate and replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat.
Plus, milk has 9 essential nutrients essential for growth and development, especially in younger athletes. And research has shown that flavored milk consumption is not associated with weight gain or increased daily sugar intake among children.
About the Author
Mary Arens, health enews contributor, is a senior content specialist at Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee. She has 20+ years of experience in communications plus a degree in microbiology. Outside of work, Mary makes healthy happen with hiking, yoga, gardening and walks with her dog, Chester.