Hands up who plays sport

Jun 3, 2011

Do you play or have kids that play sport?

If you have kids and they play competitive sport they may have been pestering you to supply them with chocolate milk after the game – they are not trying it on – you might have thought great! It’s better than them begging for Maccas. For a while now chocolate milk has been touted as the perfect “recovery drink” – there are stories that this craze started when interested on-lookers, sports scientists, etc noticed the great Michael Phelps always guzzled chocolate milk after a training session. In the old days before the industry that is “sports drinks” was invented, marathon runners often used good old Coke as sports drink – flat of course so not as to cause an upset stomach – Coke amongst other things contains plenty of simple sugars and potassium – the sugar was for energy and potassium was depleted through sweat. In my days as an athlete when we often trained 5-6 hours a day, we would guzzle Coke like there was no tomorrow – I still have all my own teeth.

Over the last few years the Sport Drink industry has grown massively – most of these drinks contain glucose and electrolytes (including sodium and potassium) these drinks primarily help refuel the body during exercise. In my opinion if you are exercising les than 45 minutes you probably only need water. So why chocolate milk? Milk contains lactose (a sugar), it also contains potassium and sodium, importantly milk also contains protein which can help with muscle building and repair after exercising. Most importantly it tastes nice and most are made of skim milk so are low in fat. Chocolate milk is often cheaper than sports drinks. I coach a lot of teenage/young adult sports women and we regularly supply them with chocolate milk post-match. Some companies sell milk-based sports drinks but the good old supermarket variety seems to be the most popular.

*Results may vary from person to person