Multiple studies have shown chocolate milk to be the best post-workout recovery fuel, but why? Simply put it hydrates while replenishing exhausted muscles with 9 essential nutrients. The unique combination of protein and carbohydrate is perfect to refuel and make it to the next workout and has electrolytes that can be found in any other sports drink on the market (a plus).
Here are some quick facts from the Dairy & Nutrition Council, Inc.:
- Chocolate milk is 90% water for hydration
- Carbohydrate-to replace depleted muscle glycogen
- Protein-to build and maintain muscles
- Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, and magnesium for strong bones
- Potassium-to help muscles contract and regulate body fluids
- B-Vitamins-to help convert food to energy for exercising muscles
With all that being said, we can compare the Chocolate flavor Health One Meal Replacement to Chocolate milk and we find an advantage to using the Health One Meal Replacement-here's why:
- Health One has 160 calories and provides more benefits as shown below containing more nutrients, protein and less calories from fat
- Health One has 24 nutrients (the same as chocolate milk, but more!) vs. 9 nutrients
- Health One has 15 grams of protein vs. 8 grams (per cup)
- Health One has only 10 calories from fat vs. 20 calories from fat
- Health One has 24 grams carbohydrate vs. 25 grams carbohydrate
- Health One can be made into a baked or microwaved product vs. only a beverage
If you have the Health One Meal Replacement to use after a vigorous workout-we say "USE IT" to your advantage!
Chocolate Milk as a post-workout recovery research studies:
-Shirreffs SM. Watson P. Maughan RJ. Milk as an effective post-exercise rehydration drink. British Journal of Nutrition. 2007;98:173-180.
-Watson P, Love TD, Maughan RJ, Shirreffs SM.. A comparison of the effects of milk and a carbohydrate electrolyte drink on the restoration of fluid balance and exercise capacity in a hot, humid environment. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2008;104:633-642.
-Martin BR, Davis S, Campbell WW, Weaver CM. Exercise and calcium supplementation: effects on calcium homeostasis in sports women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2007; 39:1481-1486.
-Sawka MN, Montain SJ. Fluid and electrolyte supplementation for exercise heat stress. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2000;72:564S-572S.
-Klesges RC, Ward KD, Shelton ML, Applegate WB, Cantler ED, Palmieri GM, Harmon K, Davis J.. Changes in bone mineral content in male athletes. -Mechanisms of action and intervention effects. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1996; 276:226-230
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