Question asked by Cheryl Sacks 2707 days ago

Chocolate milk post workout

I have been seeing a lot of people recommending chocolate milk post workout. Obviously not a Yoohoo or NesQuick. But what kind of "chocolate" are we talking about? Your average grocery store chocolate syrup??
Second, I'm curious what is the science behind thist? Is it just that milk is protein and the chocolate is high glycemic sugar/carb to replenish? Or is there something else I'm missing?


Answers (5)

Answered by LaRue Cook 2707 days ago
Hi Cheryl. A great question! I asked this same question while participating in a Sports Nutrition webinar with a highy-respected sports nutritionist, but my question was never posed to the presenter.

Here is a similar post to your question on IDEA along with several answers:

I get the milk part but am still not sure on the chocolate part :-)

Answered by Bryant Seton 2706 days ago
I would argue against it especially considering who is drinking it.

For an experienced athlete who is competing? Yes. Their workouts would be intense and long, and the body would require the extra boost from fast absorbing sugars and fats.

For an everyday client? Definitely not. Sounds more like a cheat meal, and for these people they need to understand that they need to be eating healthy 99% of the time to "justify" that .01% bad food.
Answered by Sue D'Alonzo 2705 days ago
There are around 15-30 grams of sugar in 8 oz of chocolate milk and I believe that chocolate milk has been banned at many schools.
I would hope that anyone who is trying to re fuel and be healthy after a workout would enjoy "real food" to refuel
I personally would say this would not be a choice for me nor would I recommend it.

Answered by Brent Hartman 2659 days ago
I think that it depends on the client, their goals, the quality of the chocolate milk and convenience. Would some form of chocolate milk be better than no post workout nutrients? Yes. But that may be an excuse for poor planning. Chocolate milk has been linked to improved performance when compared to CHO only supplementation. (
This doesn't surprise me as CHO only supplementation would be missing PRO. A quick search through NSCA's publications use chocolate milk as a viable post exercise recovery beverage as long as it's in a 3:1 CHO:PRO balance. Organic chocolate milk without added preservatives may limit the extra "crud" that most grocery store shelf chocolate milk may carry. Any thoughts?

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