365 Ways #214–Chocolate Milk vs. Gatorade Posted on October 22, 2010, 0 Comments

#214--When I raced in Europe, I always had my director sportif have a liter of chocolate milk waiting for me at the finish line. My teammates thought I was crazy. But, though it's a bit late, some researchers now have my back: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7908981&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0007114510003545. Basically, their study suggests that replacing 25 grams per liter of carbohydrate with milk protein in a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink can improve the rehydration ability of the drink by improving fluid retention when the drink is taken post-exercise. In other words, it appears that milk protein is more effective than carbohydrates in a sports drink, when rehydration is a primary consideration. Now if I can just get that milk full-fat, organic, and from sheep....