Chocolate Milk: Banned from Schools, Now Stocked in Gyms?

Chocolate Milk: Banned from Schools, Now Stocked in Gyms?

Stephanie Barlow
Nov 23, 2011

Chocolate milk, the once standard lunchtime beverage at schools across the nation is now banned in many of them. Dismissed as "soda in drag," parents and health advocates cite the high sugar content as harmful to kids. But, in an ironic twist, it turns out the athletic community is jumping on the pro chocolate milk bandwagon.

I first heard about chocolate milk as a recovery drink a few years ago. Now, the activity to recover from was a night of drinking, not a marathon. But I had a friend who swore that drinking chocolate milk after a bar crawl would eliminate his hangover in the morning.

Runners have been using the stuff as a different kind of recovery drink and more than a few swear by it. The protein in milk aids muscle recovery, and it can boost endurance levels after a long workout. And, it's a fairy natural treat, especially compared with the engineered sports drinks usually found at gyms and after races.

What do you think? Are you pro chocolate milk or do you agree with the efforts to remove it from schools due to high sugar content?

Read more: What's to Love and Loathe about Chocolate Milk? at NPR

Related: The End of Tater Tots? A Proposal to Ban Potatoes in Schools

(Images: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for NPR)

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