Several athletes and lay people claim chocolate milk to be the optimal recovery drink post-workout. Because of its ideal 3 carbohydrate to 1 protein ratio, many claim it to be effective at replacing the body’s glycogen stores.
There is a lot of bogus in the health and fitness realms and food products are no exception. The marketing of milk and milk products is incredible, but does chocolate milk really “do a body good”?
In reality…no. Unless you’re a professional or Olympic athlete, you probably don’t need a “recovery” drink from your 30 minute run nor from your 90 minute run.
Don’t forget, there are 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar in 1% chocolate milk. Compare that to 11 grams of sugar in plain white milk or 26 grams in a can of Coca-Cola.
If you really want a “recovery” drink. What’s wrong with water?