Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or a student-athlete, research shows that those who drink chocolate milk during or after exercise recover just as quickly as they would consuming sports drinks.

Post-workout consumption is a crucial indicator of muscle recovery and fluid/electrolyte repletion rate.

According to authors at the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, previous studies have failed to draw definite conclusions as to which beverages are the best option for exercise recovery.

In their most recent study, researchers analyzed 12 cases that “compared how chocolate milk influenced several marks of exercise recovery” as opposed to placebo beverages and sports drinks.

Researchers examined athletes’ exhaustion levels, exertion rates, heart rate, and lactic acid levels.

According to Dr. Amin Salehi-Abargouei (Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences), chocolate milk contains the necessary “carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavonoids, electrolytes, and some vitamins” for exercise recovery.

Overall, the research concluded that chocolate milk extended time to exhaustion, improved exertion and heart rates, and lowered lactic acid levels.

“The take-home message is that chocolate milk is a low-cost, delicious, and palatable option for recovery and provides either similar or superior effects compared with commercial drinks,” said Dr. Salehi-Abargouei.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hydration-chocolate-milk/chocolate-milk-may-be-better-than-sports-drinks-for-exercise-recovery-idUSKBN1K236Q.