Young athletes are not immune to the strong grips of dieting and sometimes those diets involve taking out entire food groups including dairy. Milk has caught the peril of the egg, unfortunately, with experts going back and forth on whether or not its good for you. Spoiler alert: its good for you.
Over the last 10 years, there has been a lot of research on the benefits of chocolate milk as a recovery drink, so for most athletes, thats where it stops. They drink milk for recovery.
Thats great, but it also underscores the benefits of milk as an everyday drink, not just for after a workout. The nutrient profile of milk makes it important for young athletes, for growth and for performance.
What is in milk?
So, there you have it. Milk is much more than protein, fat, and carbs for a good recovery drink it is packed with nutrients that help keep athletes young and old healthy for optimal performance.
If you arent able to consume dairy, first figure out why. Its not always the lactose that might keep dairy off limits, there are also protein allergies. The good news with both of these conditions is there are products on the market right now that allow you to consume dairy without having the side effects from lactose or A1 proteins.
Coaches and parents: Encourage your athletes that eating a healthy diet including milk provides nutrients needed for good performance, growth, and a healthy immune system. Milk is still an exceptional recovery drink, but its health benefits reach beyond recovery.