Chocolate Milk: The New Sports Drink?
Study Shows Chocolate Milk May Help Athletic Performance
A Cheaper Alternative?
While rapid nutrient replacement may not be important for casual exercisers,
it can make a big difference in performance for competitive athletes who work
out vigorously once or twice a day, says Roberta Anding, a sports dietitian and
spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
Anding has long recommended chocolate milk for young athletes who come to
her practice at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. For children and
teenagers from lower-income families, it doesn't make sense to spend serious
money on sports drinks when they can get milk as part of a subsidized lunch
program, she tells WebMD. The only advantage of sports drinks, she notes, is
that they never spoil.
Ayoob estimates that more than two-thirds of teenagers should be drinking
more milk anyway because they don't get enough calcium in their diets. He also
recommends milk for its vitamin D and potassium content. "For me, this is a
no-brainer," he says.