Chocolate Milk Powers Athletes Down the Road

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It looks like the sports energy drink Gatorade has some big competition — from a cow. Indiana University researchers found chocolate milk — with its protein, amino acids and carbohydrates — worked best to re-invigorate athletes. The study showed that cyclists who drank chocolate milk in between workouts rode about as long as those that drank Gatorade. And 50 percent longer than those who had another sports energy drink.

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It looks like the sports energy drink Gatorade has some big competition from a cow. Indiana University researchers found chocolate milk--with its protein, amino acids and carbohydrates--worked best to re-invigorate athletes. The study showed that cyclists who drank chocolate milk in between workouts rode about as long as those that drank Gatorade. And 50 percent longer than those who had another sports energy drink. This is MORNING EDITION.

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