I love chocolate milk! It tastes so good, especially when shaken in a martini shaker with crushed ice.  Yummy.  Until now it has  been a sugar filled treat that I saved for special occasions like “that day I briefly messed up my healthy eating plan” wherein it was the star accompaniment to a late night Krispy Kreme drive-by (p.s. my sweet tooth is actually drooling right now) .  But now…it seems that there are more and more studies showing that chocolate milk may actually have some health benefits and shouldn’t be relegated to the dark and dreary place that I call my guilty pleasures (Chocolate milk is not the only thing that resides there.  There are also saturday morning cartoons, romance novels and many other decadent treats.   This “place” needed to be created to manage impulse control.  I once had eleven cavaties at the same time as a child. Eleven!).

According to Chocolate Milk’s official web site (Kudos to having an offical web site Mr. Milk), studies have shown that milk and chocolate, when combined, have double the nutritional benefits for your body.   Further, it seems that chocolate milk has been proven to aide in all sorts of health benefits from prevention of cancer to helping your body build stronger muscle and bone.  It is also said to work better than sports drinks to provide the replenishment your body needs after exercise because (and this is the biggie for me and my cavity prone ways) the sugar content helps restore the body’s level of glycogen after exercise, as well whey and casein. Whey allows the body to produce muscle protein very quickly as it is absorbed almost instantly. Casein on the other hands is absorbed slowly which slows the body’s break down of muscle and aids in recovery as well.

This is like a dream come true, right?  In fact, it sounds so far fetched that I was telling a friend about it and her response was:  “yeah, right…and cupcakes and ice cream have been proven to help you lose weight”.  I know, I know, that’s why I have provided a link so that you can check out the information yourself.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of drinking chocolate milk.

In conclusion, I would like to tell chocolate milk that I love it and have saved prime real estate for it in my refrigerator so that it may replenish my body after workouts.  If you love chocolate milk as well, I hope that this has made your day a bit brighter!

Enjoy!

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