Friday, 10 June 2011

Chocolate Milk is NOT a Recovery Drink

It has been another exciting week as part of The Milk Revolution!

Room 13 is a grade 2 class in our school.  They have been very involved in our Milk Revolution.  This report was written by one of those amazing grade 2 students:

Milky Kookybrain stopped by to help us write the post.

From a Dietician's View
By Milky Kookybrain

During a conversation about The Milk Revolution, Mrs. Flasha asked: ”Is chocolate milk a good recovery drink?”  I emailed Mrs. Flasha’s cousin, Jill the dietitian asking if chocolate milk is a good recovery drink. This is the response I received:

Thank you for your question.  I think "The Milk Revolution" is a great idea, and I'm glad your class is getting involved!

White milk and chocolate milk have the same nutrition:  lots of calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals.  However, chocolate milk has a bunch of extra sugar added!  After you do a lot of physical activity, it is a good idea to have a healthy snack.  It can be a drink (like milk), or it can be a healthy snack that has at least two Food Groups from Canada's Food Guide.  You could try:

  • A glass of milk and a banana
  • Crackers and cheese
  • A peanut butter sandwich
  • A homemade smoothie with milk, fruit and ice
So, you could have chocolate milk as a recovery drink after you exercise.  But white milk has all of the same nutrition without the added sugar.  Sounds like a better choice to me!

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Jill is a Registered Dietician

Adults keep telling us that we need chocolate milk when we're being extra active, but a dietician (whose job is telling people what is good for them to eat) says that's not the best choice.  Chocolate milk is NOT a recovery drink.  We have proof!

Thoughts about the email:
~"I'm really happy that other people are getting involved."
~"Yes!  We were right!"
~" I feel relieved."
~"I told you so."
~"I feel like we've finally proved the grown-ups wrong."
~"Do you want to change your milk now for healthy bones and teeth?"

What is on the horizon?
Our grade 2 class is selling buttons and stickers during the week of June 13-17.  They are $1 and have a Milk Revolution message.  All the money raised will go to the Slave Lake Fire Relief Fund.

Today Mrs. Swelander did a radio interview with Dean Thorpe from CFCW Radio about The Milk Revolution.  It may possibly air on Monday, June 13, 2011 between noon and one o'clock.  You can visit their website here.  Mrs. Swelander also did an interview with The Edmonton Examiner.  You can read the article here.

Episode 3 of MooTV officially began filming today.  We hope to release it before the end of June.  Watch out for the return of LegoTV and Sassy Cow.  Episode 4 is half-written.  Do you want to be part of it?  You can film a video clip, or take a picture or send us a note and we'll include it.  Send it to

Are you watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution?  It's assigned homework in our class.  You want to watch closely because you never know where the faces of our little Milk Revolutionaries may turn up next!  You can catch episodes in Edmonton on Access or ABC.

This entry for the photo challenge was sent in by Jessica at the Royal Alberta Museum.


  1. Keep up the good work! Here are some questions to keep you on your toes:

    How long does milk last after a cow is milked? Does white milk laster longer than chocolate milk? Have you ever tried other kinds of white milk - like goat or sheep milk? Have you ever seen a cow being milked? Have you ever milked a cow? How do cows make milk?

  2. Hi Grade 4,

    We have started our Milk Revoltion Button and Sticker Sale. The grade 2's designed and printed buttons to promote the Milk Revolution. We are selling the buttons and stickers before and after school. They are $1 each and all funds collected go to the Slave Lake Fire Recovery Fund. We hope this helps the milk Revolution and Slave Lake.

    Udderly yours,
    Cow Girl, The Cow Queen, and Cow Crazy Pants

  3. wow people always say chocolate milk is a good recovery drink but it acually isn't

  4. Yeah what they forgot to mention is that Chocolate milk contains a larger amount of carbohydrates than regular milk, which makes is a superior recovery drink. During exercise, your body relies on blood glucose and stored glucose inside the muscle as fuel. The recovery period from exercise is the time your body replenishes the glucose it used. In addition, part of adapting to exercise is increasing muscle glycogen -- stored glucose. Without enough carbohydrates available during re-fueling, your body cannot do this

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  5. Jill would know that if she were a real dietician.

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