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Is there a role for chocolate milk in sports nutrition?

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Low-fat chocolate milk is a popular, convenient, available and affordable post-exercise recovery drink, with an appealing taste. This is because chocolate milk provides important nutrients that address the three key considerations of post-exercise recovery, namely refuelling energy, enhancing muscle repair and helping to rehydrate.

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Low-fat chocolate milk has been highlighted as a popular post-exercise option among sports people. This is because chocolate milk provides important nutrients that address the three key considerations of post-exercise recovery:

  • Refuel: Chocolate milk contains carbohydrates, both in the form of lactose and added sugars (such as glucose and sucrose), which assist in refuelling energy stores.
  • Repair: Chocolate milk provides high-quality protein (casein and whey), which stimulates muscle growth and repair.
  • Rehydrate: Chocolate milk naturally contains electrolytes (e.g. potassium) and is packaged as a fluid (approximately 87% water), which aid rehydration.

Chocolate milk is considered a convenient, accessible and relatively affordable recovery choice, and its appealing taste makes it an enjoyable beverage option after exercise. Owing to the added sugar, which increases the carbohydrate content in comparison to plain milk, it is best to drink chocolate milk after intense exercise and as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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