Milk-as good as sports drinks for athletes? There’s nothing like a big glass of milk after a grueling workout in the hot summer sun. Mmmm. [Consumer Reports Source]


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  1. barb95 says:

    My first thought after this post was Anchorman. “Milk was a bad choice!”

  2. sleze69 says:

    Except you can drink gallons of gatorade after a workout with no problem. Drink too much milk and you will vomit – everytime.

  3. lpranal says:

    problem with milk is the relatively low GI compared to sports drinks. This is good for everyday consumption, but after an intense workout, the fast-acting carbs in gatorade (sucrose and dextrose- at least in powdered form) rush in to refuel emptied glycogen stores.

    Obviously something not exerting like golf or fishing those high GI carbs would probably end up stored as fat. So in that case, milk makes sense.

    • HRHKingFridayXX says:

      @lpranal: But thats what most people consider exercise. After I walk during lunch or wii bowl, a glass of skim milk does just the trick.

      • lpranal says:

        @HRHKingFridayXX: yep. not saying it’s not exercise – on the contrary, calories burned during low to moderate intensity exercise are usually more likely to come from fat (i.e. burning fat) than other sources. If i’m doing something strenuous i’ll usually have a high GI carb (gatorade) and follow that up with an ice cold glass of milk and peanut butter and honey on whole wheat about 45 mins later. mmmm…

  4. Ed H. says:

    Yes, and the resulting vomiting will help you lose weight. That’s what I call a win-win.

  5. jvanbrecht says:

    Or if you have a slight lactose intolerance issue :)

    While I might be slightly discomforted, I can guaranty the poor soul riding behind me (I mountain bike) would suffer a whole lot more :)

  6. Snakeophelia says:

    As someone who drank gallons of milk – always over ice – as a kid and ended up four inches taller than any of her female relatives, I have to say it was nice to have it available to me then, and I still like the idea of drinking it – over ice – on a hot day. We didn’t have soda in the house when I was a kid, and this was the 70’s, so my choices were milk, Kool-Aid, and water. So yeah, I could see doing it as a post-workout thing. I’ve never heard of the vomiting thing – is that only for the lactose-intolerant folk?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @Snakeophelia: Why not just drink cold milk? I’ve always found milk over ice to be really terrible, cause the ice melts and then it’s just really bland milk.

      Vomiting occurs as a reaction in your body against ingesting a ton of liquids…drink a ton of anything in a big rush, you’ll vomit. It’s not just milk. It’s a type of gag reflex.

    • HiPwr says:

      @Snakeophelia: I never drink it over ice, but I agree that milk should be cold, cold, cold. I go through about a gallon of milk/week, but I can’t stand it warm. It’s a body fluid, after all.

  7. geeky_reader says:

    I love milk. Freaking love it. Drink it like water on good days, and love it even more when accompanied by chocolate or peanut butter.

    However, the thought of chugging milk after a workout causes me to heave.

  8. JeanStork says:

    Another craptastic Consumer Reports article lol… Oh god… If i drank a snot load of milk after a heavy workout, i’ll be spending a snot load of time in the little boys room… Well, i guess if youre tyring to lose weight they arnt wrong…

    Hooray for electrolytes! Say no to unneeded poots and poops…

  9. NICU says:

    This isn’t anything new – milk is good for a post workout drink. Milk has carbs but it has protein that most sports drinks don’t have. If you just finished working out protein is very helpful. This is the first forum I’ve seen that doesn’t seem to understand that.

    • greenunicorns says:


      You don’t need as much protein as you think you need. Read: []

      A quote from that:

      “Protein intake higher than the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), with additional energy and resistance training, results in optimal protein status for participants in strength training. Although many active individuals interpret this research to mean that they need to consume extra protein foods or supplements to perform optimally, most people in the United States already consume protein at a level well above the RDA.”

      • Ratty says:

        @greenunicorns: Most sedentary people ar egetting too much protein, yes, but protein immediately after a workout DOES help muscle recovery and muscle building.

  10. bilge says:

    I could drink a case of milk and I’d still be on my feet

  11. Steel_Pelican says:

    My 51-year old father bikes 30-40 miles every day, and has sworn by chocolate milk as his recovery drink for years. Apparently it has all of the vitamins and electrolytes of the fancy powdered stuff you buy at GNC, but with more taste, fewer chemicals, and a significantly lower price point.

    It’s worth noting that he drinks water WHILE riding, and the choco-milk AFTER. I don’t think anyone’s suggesting filling a 3-gallon camelbak with milk in June.

  12. OminousG says:

    This is really old news, didn’t a NASCAR driver get in trouble after a race once, because he asked for milk instead of his sponsor’s drink?

  13. SunnyLea says:

    See, now you’ve made me think of that milk commercial where all the guys are encouraged to chug some milk after a good game of b-ball.

    That commercial made me nauseous every time.

    Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

  14. Belabras ate my dingo! says:

    Been drinking milk after workouts for a few weeks now. Seems to work great.

  15. I Love New Jersey says:

    I find drinking milk on a hot day tends to get me sick.

  16. Saboth says:

    I had read other studies showing chocolate milk is just as good as those $2-$3 sports drinks.

    Not sure why everyone on here have issues drinking milk after a workout. I have no issues at all.

  17. salvatorecondegni says:

    I’m curious into reading about this study some more.

    What kind of exercise did they do? Drills? Games?

    How much milk did they drink? And when? How often?

    With it’s milk of fast and slow digesting proteins (whey and casein, respectively) there’s no denying that milk is an awesome post-workout beverage. Couple that fast digesting carbohydrates (chocolate syrup) and you might have a near perfect post-workout drink.

    As ingesting protein during a workout/game/etc raises your core temperature, as well as uses up more water to break down proteins, I’m curious if any athletes experienced any GI distress from drinking milk during their workout.

  18. floraposte says:

    What if some ice cream accidentally falls into the milk an then somehow the glass gets violently agitated for a time? That’s still a good recovery beverage, right?

    • oneandone says:

      @floraposte: That’s the best recovery beverage. Especially if you are recovering from a very strenuous workout of napping on a sunny porch, waking up, and walking over the fridge.

  19. settsu says:

    (Raise your hand if you actually RTFA… That’s what I thought.)

    What’s preference got to do with the science in this case? What about incidence of lactose intolerance? Besides, why cow’s milk? It’s far from ideal and largely enjoys popularity due to cultural bias and heavy marketing. If you don’t like Gatorade, then don’t ask about “real” recovery supplements…

    The sample was thirteen soccer players. I’m not a statistician, but isn’t that like glancing out a window in Manhattan and declaring “most cars are yellow taxis”?

  20. morlo says:

    “Milk-as worthless as sports drinks” is more like it.

  21. RobertBaron says:

    Milk? Sports drinks? GI?

    The answer is beer.