• Chocolate Milk Explained

    Choc-MilkThere are tons of recommendations out there for maximizing your workouts, but one of the strangest has to be the post-workout chocolate milk. At first glance, it seems ridiculous, right? Here’s why the myth exists and some guidance on whether it's right for you. WHY MILK? Protein. After a workout, you’ll want to feed your body fast-digesting protein. For this reason, liquid meals are preferable. Enter milk. Fans of whey and casein know that milk, with all its faults, is an excellent source of protein. Eight ounces of low-fat (1%) milk has 12 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein, and 2.4 grams of fat. Milk also contains vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to help repair and replenish after a workout. We are born drinking milk for a reason: it is a pretty darn good product. WHY CHOCOLATE? chocmilkLA-featuredCarbs. After a workout, you want to replenish your energy stores. Eight ounces of chocolate milk can offer up to 31 grams of carbohydrates (depending on the brand of chocolate). This sugar spike helps you bounce back after a workout - giving your body the fuel it needs to recover. Also, the chocolate makes this drink land somewhere between the 3:1 and 4:1 carb to protein ratio which is optimal post-workout. WHY NOT? There is no real answer to the question of whether or not chocolate milk “works.” It definitely has all the nutrients needed after exercise. The question is, does it make sense for you? Here are some instances when you might want something different. Chocolate milk is NOT for you if:
    • You are focused on cutting calories. Chocolate is an added “cost” to your diet that is unnecessary if you’re looking to lose weight. Eating a turkey sandwich is more likely the route for you.
    • You are not a fan of plain old sugar. When you’re adding chocolate to your milk, you are basically adding sugar. Some prefer the sugar of fruit which brings the added benefit of fiber and other nutrients.
    • You’re lactose-intolerant. Let’s face it, milk doesn’t always do a body good.
    • You don’t have a cooler in your car. When you jump into your car or onto the subway after a workout, milk is not something readily available.
    • You are hardcore about your workouts and your diet. If you have very specific body and performance goals, there are better alternatives to chocolate milk. From natural protein smoothies to protein/carb drinks, you can get everything and more post-workout without reaching for chocolate milk.
    OUR TAKE You can do better.

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