Chocolate milk may be better for athletes recovering from a strenous a work-out than traditional sports drinks, a recent study showed.
In a series of four studies, researchers found that chocolate milk replaired and rebuilt muscles more effectively than the specially designed carbohydrate fluids according to the American College of Sports Medicine conference, in Seattle.
Researchers believe drinking low fat chocolate milk after a strenuous workout could even help prep muscles to perform better in a subsequent bout of exercise.
The combination of carbs and protein already in chocolate milk matched the ratio found to be most beneficial for recovery.
Studies suggest that chocolate milk has the right mix of carbs and protein to help refuel exhausted muscles, and the protein in milk helps build lean muscle
Milk also provides fluids for rehydration and electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and magnesium lost in sweat, that both recreational exercisers and elite athletes need to replace after strenuous activity.