Many studies show the benefits of a high-quality protein & nutrients in low-fat chocolate milk is a good post-exercise recovery drink. The way you refuel after a hectic race or intense work out will determine how you perform on your next work out.
You may be thinking that cannot be true. Well, it is maybe one of the best compared to the other expensive industry alternatives and many cyclists can agree.
Research results also show that endurance cyclists, comparing chocolate milk with other recovery drinks, we more favorable with chocolate milk.
New 2016 evidence has found skimmed and full-fat milk, along with dedicated recovery drinks, were significantly better recovery fluids than water or even sports drinks. Surprisingly, beer fared almost equivalent to sports drinks, but still poor compared to milk.
Chocolate milk post a workout or race helps the body to replenish what it has lost during a hard workout which includes fluids, nutrients & electrolytes which is lost in sweat. It also contains the right balance of carbs to replenish fatigued muscles.
Chocolate milk has the same carb to protein ratio that is used in most recovery drinks but without the publicity. It also contains all the good qualities of all 9 essential amino acids which the body cannot produce.
We all know that chocolate milk is high in calcium which is good for your bones. As an avid cyclist and getting older it is important to consume calcium in helping to prevent osteoporosis (A condition in which bones become weak and brittle).
FUN FACT: Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium!
After all that you know about scientific drinks and chocolate milk, we know which one is way cheaper. You can buy any flavor milk drink to help post-ride. The facts speak louder, and it works. Many cyclists may have a nutrition plan but give it a go and swop it and see how it works for you!