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”?

Read: Detox water. A healthful scam.

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?

Read: Should you stretch before your workout?

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Globe and Mail: Big Glass of Hype?

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