UT Study Scientifically Proves that Barwis is Right

Submitted by ertai on June 22nd, 2011 at 8:29 PM


One of the best memes from the Mike Barwis era was about his love of chocolate milk (of course the best one was about his pet wolves). This study from the University of Texas at Austin proves that chocolate milk is indeed the correct drink of choice for athletes of any type.


After riding a bike for 90 minutes at moderate intensity, then for 10 minutes of high intensity intervals, 10 trained cyclists had significantly more power and rode faster (reduced their ride time by an average of six minutes) when they consumed low-fat chocolate milk rather than a carbohydrate sports drink or calorie-free beverage.

Compared to the other recovery drinks, chocolate milk drinkers had twice the improvement in maximal oxygen uptake after four and a half weeks of cycling, which included intense exercise five days a week, with each exercise session followed by one of the three recovery beverages. Maximal oxygen uptake is one indicator of an athlete's aerobic endurance and ability to perform sustained exercise. The study included 32 healthy, amateur male and female cyclists.



June 22nd, 2011 at 8:51 PM ^

I love drinking low fat choculate milk after workouts.  It's cheap (compared to supplements), easy and fast.  No pun intended. 

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June 22nd, 2011 at 10:03 PM ^

Justified: chocolate milk > carbohydrate-only or calorie-free drinks

Unjustified: chocolate milk > almost anything else

Not saying that chocolate milk is or isn't as good at promoting the desired physiological response as anything else you could drink after a workout, but that's a pretty limited set of comparisons.


June 23rd, 2011 at 12:18 AM ^

this study was about chocolate milk.  I was hoping it would find that chocolate cake, was good after a workout. So much for that diet and workout regimen.


June 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 AM ^

Depends what your protein intake is and what goals you have as far as muscle bulk. Nothing says you can't put the powder in chocolate milk, which is delicious btw.


June 23rd, 2011 at 12:42 AM ^

If you look at the studies, lowfat chocolate milk has the right mix of proteins, carbs, etc. to help with recovery. However, that doesn't mean that it's BETTER than the protein supplement powder, just a more natural, cost effective alternative. In other words, it's the protein supplement shake without as many weird additions and without the endorsement of some current or former NFL, NBA, MMA, etc athlete or body builder.