- An article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded, "Recent work indicates that chocolate milk may be as effective or superior to [commercial beverages] in promoting recovery."
- Another study found unique physiologic benefits of chocolate milk compared to commercial sports drinks regarding muscle repair following exercise.
During this holiday season, I couldn't help but wonder, is egg nog a good recovery drink?
Lets start with a comparison of the two dairy products. Using the Cass Clay nutritional information (available on the company website), we can compare 2% Swiss Chocolate Milk and Egg Nog:
Chocolate Milk Egg Nog
Serving size: 1 cup, 1/2 cup
Calories: 180 calories, 180 calories
Calories from fat: 45 calories, 80 calories
Total fat: 5 grams, 9 grams
Saturated fat: 3 grams, 5 grams
Cholesterol: 20 mg, 70 mg
Sodium: 190 mg, 120 mg
Carbohydrates: 27 grams, 21 grams
Sugars: 26 grams, 16 grams
Protein: 8 grams, 5 grams
Vitamin D: 25%, 0%
Comparing the two products, chocolate milk appears superior. Chocolate milk has less fat and saturated fat, less cholesterol, more sodium, more carbohydrates, and more protein. The conclusion: chocolate milk is a better recovery drink than egg nog.
I suggest that we make one exception per year. December 24th is National Egg Nog Day. For our long run on Saturday, December 24th, I will bring the recovery egg nog!