The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Why is milk popular amongst sports people?

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Milk provides many beneficial nutrients to help the body rehydrate,  recover energy and repair muscles after sport or strenuous exercise.
Sports people can use milk as a convenient, affordable, widely available and versatile recovery drink.

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Milk is a natural source of many nutrients that benefit sports people.

  • The carbohydrate in milk (lactose) supplies energy.
  • Calcium, protein and phosphorus contribute to normal bone health.
  • Protein supports the growth and maintenance of muscles.
  • Iodine, vitamin B12 and riboflavin support energy release.
  • Milk naturally contains electrolytes in a fluid form and therefore supports rehydration.

Many sports people consider milk to be a convenient and versatile recovery drink. It is affordable, widely available in shops and can be consumed alone or blended with fresh fruit to create a post-exercise smoothie.

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