According to Cornell's coaches and scientists alike, the best drink to reach for after an intense workout is not Gatorade or water—it's chocolate milk! Yes, please! According to research, the sweet nectar of childhood contains ideal amounts of protein and sugars to nourish muscles during recovery.
Athletes on Cornell sports teams have access to an endless supply of chocolate milk, which even more amazingly, is produced on campus at the school's very own dairy. “The composition of low-fat chocolate milk is probably the gold standard for a recovery beverage,” said Clint Wattenberg, Cornell’s coordinator of sports nutrition, to The New York Times. “We don’t have to second-guess where this supplement is coming from.”
The sports nutrition staff at Cornell created a modified chocolate milk with 16 grams of protein and 230 calories per eight-ounce serving instead of the low-fat chocolate milk sold in stores which has 8 grams of protein and 160 calories.
Cornell nutritionists estimate that 20 grams of protein is best for muscle recovery for an athlete weighing 150 to 160 pounds; anything more would turn into excess protein and store as body fat.
Would you reach for chocolate milk instead of a sports drink? Do Cornell's nutritional claims have you convinced? Tell us what you think in the comments. We're off to jam a straw into a little cow-covered box.