Study: Chocolate milk may be ideal for post-exercise recovery

Chocolate milk does a body good? New research suggests the smooth and sugary drink may offer many needed benefits to help your body recover after a workout.

Researchers looked at factors including performance, recovery markers, heart rate, and time to exhaustion.

They found chocolate milk has a good carb-to-protein-to-fat ratio and contains electrolytes and minerals to help your body rehydrate after a work-out.

Athletes were also able to maintain more fluids when drinking chocolate milk, than with a sports drink.

The study concluded chocolate milk provides similar or superior results, compared to sports drinks. 

But before you go chugging down the chocolate milk after breaking out a sweat, researchers did note that more studies needed to be done to further conclude the drink's health benefits.

The study was posted in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.