Serious and recreational athletes alike are returning to a childhood favorite—chocolate milk—in place of more common sports drinks. When pitted against commercial sports recovery drinks, several new studies have found that chocolate milk is the superior beverage when it comes to post-exercise recovery and fluid replacement. Chocolate milk is 90 percent water, so it’s ideal for rehydration. It also has the perfect combination of carbohydrates and protein to refuel a tired athlete’s body, and it’s packed with many other nutrients including calcium and vitamins A and D.
Source: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism