5 Reasons Student Athletes Should Drink Chocolate Milk

by June Wedd

Chocolate milk is the official beverage of high school sports in Ohio and West Virginia, and a great choice for student athletes.

After exercise, rehydrate with a beverage rich in carbohydrates and electrolytes such as lowfat or fat-free chocolate milk. It’s just what an athlete needs — a carb: protein ratio of 3:1, is a good source of potassium, and has a moderate amount of sodium. Every 8 ounce glass of milk has 8 grams of protein, making it a great source of high-quality protein!

Chocolate milk provides:

  1. Carbohydrates to provide energy
  2. Protein to help build and repair muscle
  3. Fluids to rehydrate
  4. Vitamins and minerals to build strong bones and bodies

Did you know?

  • Complex carbohydrates like lowfat or fat-free milk, fruit, vegetables and whole grains are essential to meeting the body’s demand for energy
  • Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is important to develop strong bones and muscles
  • Muscles need protein for growth and repair

June Wedd

June is the Vice President of School Wellness for the American Dairy Association Mideast. With her son now grown, June enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with friends.


  1. kyra | | Reply

    thanks for the info

  2. sue dean | | Reply

    I love this website because it tells you more information about why you should drink chocolate milk. I also like this website because it has better reasons why its better.

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