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Whole Food vs. Sports Drinks, Bars And Chews

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Oct. 18, 2013
Sometimes, regular old bananas are all endurance athletes need to give them fuel for a race. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Chocolate Milk Vs. Recovery Drinks

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that the dairy industry lately has been aggressively promoting lowfat chocolate milk as an alternative to specially formulated recovery drinks through its “My After” campaign. It has good reason to: Several studies have shown that low-fat chocolate milk is an effective alternative.

Researchers at the University of Texas, for example, compared the effects of three different drinks consumed after a hard bike workout on performance in a cycling time trial done four hours later. The three drinks were lowfat chocolate milk, a carbohydrate drink, and flavored water. The subjects performed significantly better in the time trial after drinking chocolate milk following the first workout.

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