Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Chocolate Milk or Whey Protein?
Chocolate Milk Vs. Whey Protein
One of the latest fitness fads seems to be a recommendation to drink chocolate milk post workout instead of whey protein... Well as much as I love chocolate milk, I'm going to have to give my opinion that it is not your best option.
The first clue on this to me had to be that all my friends that told me of this new magical and economical post workout drink were friends that didn't work out. My friends that dont workout always tend to have the latest and greatest quick fixes towards training less to get the same results. Can chocolate milk be used as a post workout recovery drink? Yes of course, it has protein and replenishes your glycogen storages, so does a fast food burger and a soda. There's a bunch of issues with the chocolate milk argument, lets take a look at the facts...
What is whey protein anyway? Whey is milk, without all the stuff we don't want post workout. It's filtered out in a process similar to making cheese from milk.
Not enough protein: Milk alone has roughly 9 grams of protein per serving and the chocolate mix typically has less than 1 gram, compare that with protein supplements that contain 25 to up to 50 grams per serving. Even if you are just looking to maintain your level of fitness the recommended serving is 1 gram per pound of body weight, if you were a 5'3 female weighing 120 pounds you would need to drink 13 cups of milk a day! If you were drinking whole milk that would equal 104 grams of fat! Now fat free milk can be better but do you really wanna drink 13 cups a day?
Saturated fats: unless you are drinking fat free milk, milk has saturated fats and cholesterol.
Too much sugar: you are looking to replenish glycogen levels not shoot them up.
But some whey protein has added sugars too?: yes some protein has added flavors, some protein supplements even have enough sugar i consider them candy rather than health food, but not all proteins are loaded with additional ingredients. The protein I use is pure whey.
Just because something is cheaper or easier to make doesn't mean it's better, and the opposite is true as well, something that is more expensive is not better either. But whey protein has been around now for decades, it has been used by athletes, figure competitors, models, body builders, and all around gym goers. It works, and it will continue to work. Hey if you wanna chug down some chocolatey milk once in awhile go for it, but make no mistake, whey protein will be better for your overall gains.
I get a fair amount of emails on diet and protein supplements, below is the protein I use, the only ingredient in it is whey protein, it has no added or artificial flavors. Try it if you like, and if you already are happy with what you are using then continue to make gains and have a great workout!
The views and opinions expressed in that article are solely those of the author. Consult a doctor or medical professional before beginning any diet or training program.
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