Gatorade vs. Chocolate Milk?

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After a tough workout session, new research may have you reaching into your fridge for a cool refreshment, but bypassing energy drinks for a more traditional favorite. Research suggests chocolate milk provides carbohydrates, proteins and sugars that help athletes recover faster.

A UW-Eau Claire kinesiology professor pointed out drinking more milk would have other benefits. "People don't get as much calcium and vitamin D as they need from their regular diet," says Dr. Lance Dalleck. "So, if you are including chocolate milk after your exercise, it is going to help with those recommended nutrients as well."

In the study, nine people biked to exhaustion, rested four hours and drank Gatorade, Endurox or chocolate milk. When they started up again, chocolate milk drinkers were able to go just as far if not farther than those who drank Gatorade.

The complete findings are published in the "International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism".