Nutrition is a key component of any athletic training program, and paying attention to diet can often provides athletes with a competitive advantage and a means for achieving optimal performance. Containing 9 essential nutrients, including quality protein, carbohydrate, and electrolytes, dairy foods are ideally suited to a nutrient-rich, high-performance diet. For all athletes, recovery is an essential part of honing skills and making the most of intense training sessions. Dairy products, including chocolate milk offer an ideal solution for post-workout recovery. Portable, quenching, and naturally formulated with an ideal ratio of carbohydrate to protein, a glass of chocolate milk post-workout replenishes lost carbohydrate, initiates muscle rebuilding, and rehydrates hard-working athletes.
Consult and download the following resources to help educate your athletes about sport nutrition.
- Milk, Nature's Sport Drink: How milk is an essential part of an athlete's diet
- Got Chocolate Milk: Tips on recovery nutrition for athletes
- Milk, Nutrient Powerhouse: 1 8oz glass contains...
- Sport Nutrition Essentials: The basics for athletes
- Nutrient Rich Foods: Dairy foods can help fuel a workout
Health and fitness professionals are a trusted resource for accurate exercise and nutrition information. Our client education tools, nutrition materials and recommended web links were developed to assist you in helping active adults achieve real nutrition results.
Whey protein is a high-quality protein derived from cow's milk. Whey protein is one of the richest known sources of naturally occurring branched-chain amino acids - leucine, isoleucine and valine. Compared to many other proteins, on a gram-to-gram basis, whey protein delivers more essential amino acids to the body and is absorbed quickly and efficiently.
Whey protein consumption is worth consideration by those who are physically active and want to optimize protein intake and improve body composition. Research shows that consuming a high quality protein like whey, in combination with resistance exercise, can boost the rate at which the lean muscle mass may improve body composition. In fact, a combination of whey protein intake and resistance exercise yields better results compared to either of the two alone, or combining resistance training with drinking a beverage that contains only carbohydrates.
Foods containing whey protein include dairy-based beverages, yogurt, nutrition and energy bars, ready-to-drink beverages, powder for smoothies and shakes, beverage mixes and meal replacements. Research shows that consuming at least 20g of whey protein following resistance exercise can result in an increase in muscle protein syntheses in healthy adults.
Tools: The following provides a library of information on whey. Please click on the link for further information.
- Where's the Whey Protein?
- Whey Protein: For Active Women
- Whey Protein Booklet, "The 'Whey' to a Higher Protein Diet: Using Whey Protein to Help Fuel Your Active Lifestyle"
- Whey Protein and Satiety
- Dairy Protein Benefits for Physically Active People, Dairy Council Digest, May/June 2008
- The Role of Protein in Satiety and Weight Management, Dairy Council Digest, September/October 2009
- Research Update Benefits of Whey
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