Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chocolate Milk Beats Endurox and Gatorade!

Participants cycled 51% and 43% longer after ingesting cholocate milk)(32 ± 11 min) than after ingesting carbohydrate replacement drink (21 ± 8 min) or fluid replacement drink (23 ± 8 min). CM is an effective recovery aid after prolonged endurance exercise for subsequent exercise at low-moderate intensities. -Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

MY COMMENT: Subjects did better on a performance test (70% max effort to exhausion) 4 hours after an exhaustive, glycogen depletion ride. They were given the drinks at 0 and 2 hours following the depletion ride.

According to, 100 ml (3.4 oz) of Mars Refuel contains 77 calories, 3.1 grams of protein, 13.5 grams of carbohydrate, and 1.5 grams of fat. Chug the entire 300 ml bottle following an exhaustive workot and you get 231 calories, 9.3 grams of protein, 40.5 grams of carbohydrate, and 4.5 grams of fat.

Back in 2006, researchers also found that subjects were able to perform better 4 hours later using chocolate milk as a post exercise recovery drink (Chocolate Milk as a Post-Exercise Recovery Aid).

Maybe it's the fat!

1 comment:

  1. I've long been a proponent of chocolate milk (or some similar combination of high-GI carbs and protein) as a post-exercise drink. Why pay through the nose for expensive 'recovery drinks' when you can drink something that tastes good and actually works?