Here at Vermont Academy, we have the best chocolate milk on the planet. As a community, we consume 120 gallons of chocolate milk per week.
Got to love a Vermont cow.
Here is why it's beneficial for our student-athletes:
When you complete any endurance exercise – whether it’s an intense workout or a game – you need to re-hydrate your body with essential nutrients lost through sweat. Chocolate milk is a better choice than a sports drink or water. Milk has a good supply of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and other minerals – all of which you lose through sweat.
After a workout, you need to consume some protein alongside carbohydrates to help repair any micro-tears that occur in muscles during the workout and restore energy. Chocolate milk is a good source of both. The naturally occurring mix of protein and carbs offers many benefits for athletes, says Dr. John Ivy, lead researcher on the studies and chair of The University of Texas at Austin College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.
A study in a 2011 issue of “Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research” found that college athletes who drank chocolate milk between morning and afternoon workouts could perform longer before becoming fatigued compared to players who drank a sports drink.