Local athletes are changing their drinking habits by choosing chocolate milk over sports drinks.
Chocolate milk is not only a sweet treat. It contains a three to one ratio of protein to carbohydrates making it more desirable than sports drinks for some athletes.
A WT basketball player says it makes a noticeable difference. Cherilyn McMenamy says, "I don't feel as tired instead of going home and lying in bed all day I can still go out and play and get all my homework done and just be a normal student."
McMenamy says she did not drink milk before but now her habits have changed drastically. "I tend to be more conscious about how much milk I'm drinking now because I've realized you really need it for a healthy body. "
After seeing the great results of chocolate milk it is now athletes who are asking for more.
WT Strength and Conditioning Coach Sarah Ramey says, "They see the benefits and they enjoy drinking it because its refreshing and at first a few of them were like oh, chocolate milk and my stomach and after the first couple times drinking it they didn't have any effect."
And the price is right as well. Ramey says chocolate milk is a natural whole food that athletes can find almost anywhere at half the cost of a sports drink.