Monday, March 27, 2006

Chocolate Milk vs. Gatorade? Hmm, Tough Choice

My Dad likes news. While I was growing up, he would come home from work just about everyday and say, "Guess what I heard on the radio today?"

It's a joke now with our family. Whenever those words come out of his mouth, we all roll our eyes and start laughing. We give him a hard time about it but I must say, most of the time, his little tid bits of info that he heard or read during the day are quite interesting.

Since I'm not at home anymore, my Dad will occasionally e-mail fascinating facts that I would never hear about on my own. I got one from him yesterday that I was particularly interested in. It caught my attention because it was on a topic that is pretty important to me. Chocolate milk...probably my favorite drink and arguably my favorite treat.

The article is about research done on the effects of drinking sports drinks compared to chocolate milk when exercising. I thought it was a joke at first but the results were surprising. The article says:

"The study, published in the February issue of the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, and funded in part by the dairy industry, reported that cyclists who drank chocolate milk at the break were able to continue cycling about 50 percent longer than those who drank Endurox R4 and about equally as long as those who drank Gatorade."

I thought this was pretty cool. The article continues to explain why chocolate milk helped the cyclists to perform better. It's a quick read and defiantly worth taking a gander at if you like chocolate.

So, I would just like to thank my Dad because after I read this, I bought myself some chocolate milk. It tasted delicious. The only problem is that I didn't do any form of exercising after consuming the chocolaty goodness. Plus, I bought whole chocolate milk instead of 2%. It's just so much creamier!

P.S. I can't take credit for the title of this post. It was the subject of my Dad's e-mail.


Lauren said...

What the study didn't say was that 75% of the cyclists that drank milk puked at the end of the race. (I can't imagine drinking milk while working out. Sick. Give me good ol' fashioned water anyday.)

Sara said...

This is a good article. If you don't mind, I'd like to post it on my Pro Chocolate blog! (That one's been getting the shaft for a while now.)

Annette and Rick said...

I'm glad you finally realized all the wisdom in my news tidbits. The other day, I was going to try it out, too. My mouth was so set on that creamy chocolate taste. At the end of my run, the power was out at the store where I was going to stop. How disappointing. I succeeded though a few days later, then I sat for my 1-1/2 hour commute home. Not following the guidance to work out after either.

MF said...

on a random exploration of blogs, i ran across yours and this particular posting. i'm using it as a reference to a new one that i'm going to do, if that is ok with you.

Anonymous said...

Sure! Go ahead MF!