Is Chocolate Milk Better Than a Sports Drink?
November 30, 2006
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.