Recovering with chocolate milk could give an edge to swimmers.
Grabbing chocolate milk after a hard swim could give swimmers a performance edge, according to new research presented at one of America’s top sports medicine conferences.
In a sport where seconds and even tenths of a second can make a big difference and intense practice routines are the norm, Indiana University researchers found that when collegiate, trained swimmers recovered with chocolate milk after an exhaustive swim, they swam faster in time trials later that same day as compared to when they recovered with a traditional carbohydrate sports drink.
According to the lead researcher at the University, chocolate milk is an ideal recovery drink as it has the right carbohydrate to protein ratio athletes need and its also comparatively cheaper than the alternatives. From cyclists to runners to soccer players, there’s a strong body of research supporting the benefits of recovering with chocolate milk.