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is chocolate milk good for you? (should i be drinking it on a daily basis)


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1% partly skimmed chocolate milk, 250ml.

all my nutrients are up to par, except my sugar percentage is usually really high (200%) but is sugar that big of deal? considering most it is coming from 1% white milk and chocolate milk plus fruits such as strawberries and oranges.

so basically should i keep drinking chocolate milk every day?

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Natural sugars are fine. Added sugars like those found in chocolate milk should be considered a treat, not a daily thing.

have you thought about making your own chocolate milk with unsweetened cocoa powder? chocolate milk per se isn't bad but the packaged stuff can have lots of sugar added, not to mention preservatives, etc.

One of the reasons my husband wont let my kids drink purchased chocolate milk is that he thinks that the milk they used for chocoate milk is inferior.

I, too, wonder about my skim milk "sugar" and my fruit "sugar".  My total sugar always seems high, but I really don't think I need to worry about it.

My doctor said that a glass after a work out is a good idea.

Original Post by pinkchubbymonkey:

My doctor said that a glass after a work out is a good idea.

Its a great post-workout drink

Original Post by nikifast:

1% partly skimmed chocolate milk, 250ml.

all my nutrients are up to par, except my sugar percentage is usually really high (200%) but is sugar that big of deal? considering most it is coming from 1% white milk and chocolate milk plus fruits such as strawberries and oranges.

so basically should i keep drinking chocolate milk every day?

Chocolate milk has been used more and more by athletes as a recovery drink.  The protien in it helps build up muscle after wear and tear and it is generally liked by most.  It is also pretty cheap, and not harmful.

 

is it a problem if i drink it before a work out then? or even just in the middle of the day?

Milk is a great source of calcium and protein, and the chocolate/sugar isn't too bad in moderation.  In my opinion, you shouldn't have to avoid treats like chocolate; just consume it in moderation.  Balance is key.  

I am a personal trainer and I have all my clients drink chocolate milk after their sessions with me. As others have said it is a great post workout drink. In my opinion though, it does matter what type of workout you are doing. If you are doing an intense workout that involves heavy lifting or HIIT, chocolate milk is great. However, if you are going to the gym to do a 30 minute session of low intensity steady state cardio on the eliptical, treadmill, etc I wouldn't recommend drinking it. A good set up is to have 2-3 hard workouts per week and a few light to moderate workouts on the other days. So drink chocolate milk on one of your hard workout days after you finish. However, if you really love chocolate milk (I know I do), it does take discipline to only drink it sparingly through out the week.

I recently found this product that is cocoa beans you brew the same way as coffee. Throw in some fat-free half and half and whatever sweetener you like... and it's really pretty good.


Honestly, I think you're probably fine. I'm no expert, but I know drinking more milk is beneficial to any diet. If you're worried about sugar, I know they have reduced sugar and sugar free powder mixes. I personally love nesquik. It has a reduced sugar option, and since it's aimed towards kids, it's got some good vitamins in it too.

i read somewhere the best after workout drink is a glass of chacolate milk,the calcium and whatever else in it,cant remember i think it was on here actually lol?

Original Post by itsmeeeeeliz:

i read somewhere the best after workout drink is a glass of chacolate milk,the calcium and whatever else in it,cant remember i think it was on here actually lol?

 Protein in the milk repairs muscles & sugars replenish glycogen stores which were depleted during intense workouts.

I prefer using natural sugars instead: mashed banana mixed with whey or vegan chocolate protein powder.

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