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Chocolate Milk, the BEST recovery drink.

February 14, 2010
Chocolate milk is a great way to recover after weight training and power exercise. It helps the muscles recover where weight training wears out the muscles. Carbohydrates are the most important calorie intake when strength training in order to build muscle. Low-fat milk provides a balanced ratio of protein to carbohydrates making chocolate milk a beneficial recovery aid. Carbohydrates are also the predominate source of energy for the body allowing it to metabolize and heal quicker. Carbohydrates turn to glycogen in the muscles allowing for bursts of energy to occur while weight training and the longer the work out, the more glycogen is required. Protein is also an essential nutrient when it comes to building muscle. This is found in chocolate milk. 
In sumary, post-exercise consumption of lowfat chocolate milk was found to provide equal or possibly superior muscle recovery compared to a high-carbohydrate recovery beverage with the same amount of calories.  Read complete study here
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