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squilky Pro 91 posts since
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Jul 20, 2012 7:13 PM

Chocolate Milk?

I keep seeing this ad with Mirinda Carfrae, where she claims she drinks chocolate milk to recover from her runs. While I know she is being paid for her love of chocolate milk, I was wonder if the moo juice really does make a good post run/post workout drink.

 

 

MK





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  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    1. Jul 21, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to squilky)
    Chocolate Milk?

    Well, I guess it would be a quick and economical form of getting simple carbs after an intense workout.  Milk does have Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, magnesium and protein that assists with replenishing muscles, so it may be a great recovery option for some. 

     

    There are some new studies suggesting that chocolate milk may be an alternative nutrient replacement with some greater benefits over popular sports drinks.  (Of course, the dairy industry has funded some of the research, but certainly some of the positive outcomes would be expected anyway).  It may also be a popular trend to those that prefer whole foods as opposed to supplements, but the low-fat options would be better.  It is always important to look at the calorie and sugar content. 

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,431 posts since
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    2. Jul 21, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to squilky)
    Chocolate Milk?

    Milk (not necessarily chocolate) makes a good recovery drink after long runs because it already has the recommended 4-to-1 ratio of carbs to protein.  I personally drink skim.

     

    Len





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  • nowirun4fun Legend 208 posts since
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    3. Jul 21, 2012 4:12 PM (in response to squilky)
    Chocolate Milk?

    I have added skim chocolate milk to my routine as post workout as well - same reason as the prior 2 postings, because "studies suggest".  Good to know it supports the 4-1 ratio, which I didn't know, so thanks to Len.  Also, I'm assuming it is cheaper than the Accelerade which I've now replaced.  As with all these things, I follow the study - I don't really notice any difference, since I'm not using myself as a controlled study.  Who could possibly be in a position to say it works in the affirmative with confidence?  I wouldn't believe anyone if they said it made a difference for them.  Doesn't mean I'm going to stop using it.

  • 300poundsandrunning Amateur 10 posts since
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    4. Jul 22, 2012 10:20 AM (in response to squilky)
    Chocolate Milk?

    I'm a graduate student so I always look for what the research says. Heres a link about an exercise physiologist at Indiana University who did research on chocolate milk for a post workout supplement.

     

    Here's a excerpt: "Stager took chocolate milk into the controlled setting of his IU laboratory and tested its effect on cyclists. It performed as well as Gatorade and almost twice as well as another sports recovery drink, Endurox."





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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,431 posts since
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    5. Jul 22, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to 300poundsandrunning)
    Chocolate Milk?

    I have to take back what I said about white milk.  Making it chocolate adds a lot of carbs, to get to the 4-to-1 ratio.  White milk is more like 2-to-1.

     

    Len





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  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    6. Jul 22, 2012 3:36 PM (in response to nowirun4fun)
    Chocolate Milk?

    I need to be clear that I was just stating that there are some benefits of milk, overall, that represent common sense considerations.  It was not my intention to recommend nor discourage the use of chocolate milk as a potential recovery option for runners.  I do not have direct experience, so I was just sharing some considerations. 

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    7. Jul 23, 2012 6:58 AM (in response to Jasko123)
    Chocolate Milk?

    Chocolate Milk is just about the perfect recovery drink!  4 to 1

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
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    9. Jul 23, 2012 8:59 AM (in response to squilky)
    Chocolate Milk?

    Is there an optimal amount of calories based on the 4/1 ratio to drink for best recovery? In other words, should one drink a cup, a quart or what? I'm sure it would be based on one's wt. Tks for your input!





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  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    11. Jul 23, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to squilky)
    Chocolate Milk?

    These are ruff nr's .5 grams of carbs per lb, for a 150 lbs approx 75 grams and 10-20 grams of protein.  The protein nr's are about the same for most wt's.  Try to get this in within 30 mins of exercise.  For me only hard days and long runs!    My wife get these little 12 oz chocolate milks at Food lyon  that works great and are cheap. 

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,431 posts since
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    12. Jul 23, 2012 11:02 AM (in response to squilky)
    Re: Chocolate Milk?

    Recommendation from an article in Running Times magazine. (http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=17803&PageNum=2)

     

    Len

     

    Dietitian Jackie Dikos offers this rough formula: Divide your weight by two, and eat that many grams of carbohydrates, plus 10 to 20 grams of protein after a hard workout.

     

    USING THE 4:1 RATIO:

     

    WEIGHT        DIVIDED BY 2 = CARBS        DIVIDED BY 4 = PROTEIN

    125 pounds        63 grams carbohydrates        15 grams protein

    170 pounds        85 grams carbohydrates        21 grams protein

     

    (1 cup of chocolate milk has 8 grams of protein and about 30 grams of carbs.)





    Len

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
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    13. Jul 23, 2012 11:20 AM (in response to lenzlaw)
    Re: Chocolate Milk?

    Tks lenslaw & bospm!





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • 300poundsandrunning Amateur 10 posts since
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    14. Jul 24, 2012 8:42 PM (in response to lenzlaw)
    Chocolate Milk?

    I thinking about doing my master thesis on chocolate milk..this subject is very interesting!





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