Sports nutrition is BIG business. Last year alone sales for sports nutrition products topped 20 billion worldwide and with a number that big you can’t help but get noticed.
And the big dogs ARE taking notice. Companies like Pepsi are working hard to develop and expand their already successful sports nutrition product line which already includes products such as Gatorade.
One of the more interesting developments in sports nutrition of the last few years has been the change in marketing focus from the dairy industry.
They now have television commercials and print ads expounding the virtues of using chocolate milk as a post workout beverage.
Even some of the Internet fitness gurus have jumped on the bandwagon of supporting the use of chocolate milk as a recovery drink.
The chocolate milk manufacturers and gurus are saying that chocolate milk has an ideal macronutrient ratio for post recovery- that being an approximate 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein with minimal calories from fat.
Now, if you just look at the data they are basing their assumptions on you would be hard pressed to find any issues with it. After all, a low fat, moderate protein, high carb beverage is pretty much ideal when it comes to an after workout drink.
But if you dig a little deeper you will soon discover why chocolate milk is actually a very poor choice and that it may be making you sick, weak and osteoporotic.
Here are the facts when it comes to milk (chocolate or otherwise):
Milk is very acidifying to the body. Your body has a ph balance (kind of like a swimming pool). The ph of your body is regulated to stay between 6.8 and 7.4. When your body becomes too acidic (due to the over-consumption of high acid forming foods like dairy product, meats and grains) your body will look to ways to neutralize the high acid load by using a “base” or alkalizing substance- mainly calcium and glutamine. The problem is that the calcium is “leeched” from your bones (making you prone to osteoporosis) and the glutamine is taken from your muscles (turning you into a “girly” man or women). Both are equally bad.
Milk contains lactose. Lactose is basically sugar and this sugar will raise insulin. Now, raising insulin post workout isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The problem is that most people suffer from lactose intolerance to some degree. Yes, this means that even though you may not be officially “lactose intolerant” your body probably still doesn’t deal well with the lactose. Mild allergic reactions to milk include inflammation, water retention and mucous formation.
Milk can disrupt your endocrine system. Dairy products that come from non-organic sources may be chock full of antibiotics, growth hormone and other wonderful hormonal disrupters that do nothing to make your body or bones healthy. If you must drink milk (and I have no idea as to why that would be) then it is advisable that your milk comes only from cows that are grass fed and hormone free. Same goes for beef.
I am far from being a lone wolf on this issue. Much has been written about this topic and there have been several documentaries and news reports on the subject. The problem is that these reports often don’t see the light of day. Below is a video clip of one such documentary- please watch it and leave your comments below. By the way, if you want to know what I drink after my workout check out my after workout shake
If you have ever heard me speak then you know how passionate I am about good nutrition. This is the same reason why the foods I use in the recipes on ebodi.com are the way they are. Healthy food creates a healthy, strong lean body. Garbage food creates…well, you know what it creates.
Here’s the clip- enjoy.
And here is one more clip. This one talks about how there is a bit of a cover up going on. No, I am not turning into Jesse Ventura (though I did enjoy his days as a wrestler when he was known a “the body”) but this is pretty interesting. Unfortunately, the person who posted the video on You Tube never learned how to spell so you have to forgive the spelling error in his title description on You Tube .
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