Chocolate milk may be a better post-workout drink than sports drinks

 Chocolate milk is increasingly touted as the perfect post-workout recovery drink for muscles because it has ideal ratio of quick carbs (sugar) to protein, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

But do you really need any type of sports drink, whether it’s milk or an electrolyte replacement after a workout?

If you’re a child, the answer is a resounding ‘No.’ Water is the best drink, whether your 8-year-old is playing chess or an hour of soccer. If you’re trying to reduce your child’s sugar intake, remember chocolate milk has more carbs — and thus more sugar — than regular white milk.

Energy drinks have added sugar and little nutritional value.

If you’re an adult doing an hour-long workout at the gym, there’s no need for a sports drink or either kind of milk.

“Just water and a balanced diet throughout the day,” said registered dietitian Janel Ovrut.

If you’re an endurance athlete and cycling or running for many miles/hours, then “you should fuel with something like Gatorade, Gu, or natural sources of carbs like raisins,” said Ovrut.

“Post workout food is best — a good combo of carbs and protein,” said Ovrut, a big fan of smoothies with banana, chocolate soymilk, and peanut butter.

Sports drinks are often mistakenly associated with being healthy, but they’re really no better than sugary soda, according to a new study published in this month’s issue of Pediatrics.

The beverage industry continues to deny that the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is linked to obesity.


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