Chocolate Milk: building strong muscles

Tough workout? Why not feed your muscles with a chocolate milk treat. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that, when taken immediately after exercise, milk based proteins promote greater muscle protein synthesis. Cows milk contains 80% casein protein and 20% whey protein. This is a nice balance between the fast acting whey protein, allowing amino acids to immediatly get into the muscles, and the slower digested casein protein, providing a steady stream of amino acids over a longer period of time.

Chocolate milks benefits are two fold, while helping you build muscle it will also aid in your recovery period. Providing you with a total carbohydrate content between 20 and 25 grams; the sugars create a spike in insuline leveles driving the glucose molecules straight into the muscle tissue, replenishing the energy stores for your next workout.

If this was not enough to sway you consider the added benifits of Calcium, Vitamin D, Sodium and Sugar, that also help you regain energy and retain water. In addition, its high water content replaces lost fluids from sweating, assisting in preventing dehydration.

Go ahead and give it a try! Pick up a Chocolate milk post work out at Dixon Cafe.

To see its benefits be sure to drink right after a strenuous workout.

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