Myth Buster

Myth Buster: Chocolate milk for Recovery

Flickr_-_cyclonebill_-_Cocio_(1)Drinking a glass of chocolate milk after a workout has become one of those controversial subjects that no one can seem to agree on. You are either all for it, or totally against it. Multiple research studies have been conducted. Many have come back saying that a glass of chocolate milk contains the perfect ratio of protein and carbohydrates that will ultimately increase your recovery time. (Post workout recovery is to allow your body to replenish the sugar that is stored in your muscles, and start muscle rebuilding so that your body is fully prepared for the next workout). That alone is enough for people to start chugging back a tall glass of chocolate milk after their workout. I however cannot disagree with that more…
Of course there are plenty of evidence that chocolate milk serves a variety of functions for your body. But chocolate milk contains both natural and added sugars. I truly believe that chocolate milk contains too many calories and too much sugar. In fact the average sized glass of milk (1 cup) has approximately six teaspoons of sugar. Most people exercise to lose weight and be healthy. By drinking a glass of milk after a workout, you are consuming the calories you just burned off, erasing all the hard work you just put in. Unless you are a professional athlete or a marathon runner where you are seeing yourself train all day everyday, chocolate milk wont help you, in the long run it will hurt you. All you need is some water and a healthy snack, and I promise you your body will still recover in a sufficient amount of time.

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