Chocolate milk the best drink after exercise: study


Chocolate milkWashington: A study in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’ revealed that after a hard workout session at the gym chocolate milk was considered to be the best for recovery as it contained eight to 11 grams of protein.

The study also said that milk-based proteins promote greater muscle protein synthesis than soy-based proteins if taken immediately after exercise.

“Milk contains nearly 80 per cent casein-protein content and 20 per cent whey protein content. Which is ideal because the whey protein is fast-acting, allowing amino acids to get right into the muscle tissue, while the casein-protein is digested slower, providing a steady stream of amino acids over a lengthier period of time,” said the study.

The study further said that drinking chocolate milk after workout also provided around 20 to 25 grams of carbohydrates. It was observed that after the recovery period, those who were drinking post-workout chocolate milk showed enhanced performance between the interval sessions which indicated that the carbohydrates in chocolate milk were doing a better job in recovery than carbohydrates in other replacement beverages.

Sugar in the drink will cause a spike in insulin levels. Without this insulin spike, athletes are going to be looking at a slower recovery period, which could mean more time out of the gym.

The drink also contains calcium, which is one of the minerals that plays a critical role in the “power stroke” – when the individual muscle fibers generate tension through a cross-bridge cycling pattern, causing contraction to take place.

By drinking post-workout chocolate milk you will increase your daily calcium intake, and increase the likelihood of an optimal power stroke.