A physiologist at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) has found that drinking chocolate milk is better than most sports drinks for athletes who wish to recover shortly after a rigorous practice.
Chocolate milk has a high carbohydrate and protein content, and also replaces fluids lost as sweat.
Joel Stager, a professor in IUB's Department of Kinesiology, first tested chocolate milk on the team of swimmers he coaches, after observing that they were struggling with their twice-a-day practices. Later, he conducted a study involving cyclists in a controlled environment.
He compared chocolate milk to one drink not unlike Gatorade, and also to a carbohydrate-replacement drink similar to Endurox R4. Although Gatorade held its own against chocolate milk after three tries, athletes worked more than 50 percent longer on chocolate milk than on the carbohydrate drink.
Stager said chocolate milk could be particularly helpful for athletes who must endure long, intense, or multiple practices.
The correct answer to the title of this post is, of course, neither of them are good for you and both should be avoided. You might call this a trick question.
Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I saw the headline recommending chocolate milk as a better alternative to teeth-dissolving sports drinks, especially when taking into account all the problems associated with drinking milk.
I was less surprised when I read that the Dairy and Nutrition Council had partially paid for the research. Small wonder they ended up finding a brand, spanking new "benefit" of processed, pasteurized milk.
Organic or not, any milk you'll find in a grocery store is pasteurized, a process that eliminates most all the good bacteria normally present in milk and damages its fragile proteins, making it a far more harmful than beneficial substance for your health.
If you love milk, your healthiest choice is to find a raw milk source near you.
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However, another woman from Alabama, after acknowledging the benefits of raw milk, wondered:
Dr. Terry Male from New Brunswick, Canada said regarding the question: