Sports Nutrition

Chocolate Milk 

Hailed as the sports drink nature intended, chocolate milk has at least 8 grams of high-quality protein in every glass, plus natural electrolytes and fluid to replace what the body loses through sweat. The chocolate even creates the ideal carbs-to-protein ratio for re-energizing the body after a workout.

  • Milk can increase the body’s ability to make new muscle and may help improve body composition over time.1,2,3
  • Milk has been shown to be an excellent way to replace fluid lost during exercise.4,5
  • Milk may help the body perform better during its next workout.3,5-10

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9. Thomas K, et al. Improved endurance capacity following chocolate milk consumption compared with 2 commercially available sports drinks. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009;34:78-82. 
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Whey Protein

Whey protein is a high-quality, complete protein found naturally in milk. It contains all the essential amino acids your body needs and is easy to digest. 

  • Whey is one of the best sources of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA)11, including leucine, which has been shown to stimulate muscle synthesis.12
  • Whey protein combined with regular resistance exercise can help build more lean muscle than resistance training alone or resistance training combined with carbohydrate consumption.13,14,15
  • Whey protein after exercise helps build and repair muscle.13,16