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Whey protein is a high-quality protein naturally found in dairy that contains all of the essential amino acids, or in other words the building blocks, your body needs. The health benefits of whey protein are abundant.

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Milk: Nature's Sports Drink Research Overview

A number of studies have shown that milk’s powerful nutrient package has several benefits for post-exercise recovery. In fact, this emerging research shows that drinking milk after exercise can be as effective as some sports drinks in helping the body refuel, recover and rehydrate.

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Sports Nutrition Scientific Status Report

This report reviews the emerging research showing that milk, unflavored or chocolate, after exercise may be as effective as some commercial sports drinks in helping the body refuel, recover, and rehydrate from intense exercise.

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Sports Nutrition

Whether you are a star athlete or simply enjoy regularly participating in physical activities like dancing, soccer, tennis, biking or running; milk’s nine essential nutrients play an important role in fueling any active lifestyle. From bone building to muscle strengthening, the nutrients in milk provide a variety of positive health benefits. For example, carbohydrates in milk help to refuel energy, protein works to repair and build muscle, and fluid and electrolytes replenish what is lost in sweat to rehydrate the body.

Low-fat and fat-free milk – white or chocolate – offer a more nutrient-rich alternative to traditional sports drinks.What’s more, white and chocolate milk taste great, are relatively inexpensive and more likely to be stocked in the fridge, awaiting the tired athlete. Science supports the many health benefits dairy foods provide for the active individual. Research shows milk and chocolate milk to be an effective post-exercise beverage for endurance or resistance activities.  Research also supports the role whey protein – the naturally occurring protein in milk – plays in improving body composition and managing a healthy weight.

To learn more about how milk and chocolate milk contribute to an active lifestyle, take a look at these nutrition materials.

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How To Guide on Dairy Concessions

Join Midwest Dairy Council in encouraging students to make smart food choices that include dairy foods, such as milk, cheese or yogurt, as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Go Getter Game Day Snacks

This tip sheet provides guidance for parents and coaches on how to fuel kids for competition by packing the cooler on game and practice days with fun, nutritious dairy snacks.

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Milk: Nature's Sports Drink

In a recent survey of active adults, nearly half (39%) of respondents were not aware that milk provides essential nutrients that can help them rehydrate and refuel after a workout.

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