So let me get this straight… scientific studies are now showing that chocolate milk is as good as any sports drink? A report from Indiana University is reported in saying:

The small group of fit athletes who took part in the study were asked to work out strenuously on a stationery bicycle, then drink low-fat chocolate milk, a fluid-replacement drink like Gatorade and a carbohydrate replacement drink like Endurox R4. A few hours later, they were asked to cycle again until they reached exhaustion.

The test was repeated three times—once with each kind of drink—and the data showed that the cyclists were able to go between 49 and 54 percent longer on the second stint after drinking chocolate milk than when they drank the carbohydrate drink. The difference between the milk and the fluid-replacement drink was not significant.

“My way of explaining it is, there’s really nothing magic about the powder in a can that you mix with water,” cycling coach Scott Saifer said of the carbohydrate drink. “It’s water, carbs, proteins, maybe minerals and electrolytes. What’s in chocolate milk? The same thing. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be as good for recovery as a carb drink.”

I suppose that makes sense. It also makes perfect sense in my memory to when I was in high school and attending “Bob Knight Basketball Camp” at Indiana U. in the early 90’s. Me and a high school teammate had a deep craving for chocolate milk. In one of our first experiences with college cafeteria’s, we repeatedly hit the chocolate milk machine after hours of workouts. Now I guess I know why. Well, it is cheaper than sugary sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade.

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