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The Health Benefits in Our Longmont Chocolate Milk and Pro-To-Go

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Tips for getting the most health benefits from drinking Pro-To-Go and chocolate milk

Did you know that our Pro-to-Go and chocolate milk each support a healthy lifestyle for active people, in different ways? We explain the science behind why you should consider when to enjoy each delicious dairy drink throughout your busy day.

Pro-To-Go Nutrition for Busy Lifestyles

With 14 grams of protein in each 8 oz. serving plus added calcium, Pro-to-Go is a convenient and delicious way to get your essential nutrients, on the go. Research shows that calcium and protein can benefit your body in the following ways:

Fight hunger between meals.
Studies show that protein increases energy levels and keeps you feeling fuller longer by blocking messages that signal to your brain when you are hungry.

Boost your metabolism.
Studies have also shown that calcium increases the body’s core temperature, which can prompt our bodies to burn fat.With 40% of your daily requirements for calcium, Pro-to-Go is a great source of this essential nutrient.

Prevent muscle breakdown.
The USDA guidelines warn that, if the body does not get enough protein from your diet, it may break down your muscles to obtain the amino acids it needs to function.While dairy in general is a great source of protein, the added whey protein in our Pro-to-Go formula helps you get 25% of your daily protein requirement in each serving!

Chocolate Milk as a Post-Exercize Recovery Drink

Drinking chocolate milk after heavy exercising can refuel your body, provide you with valuable hydration and electrolytes, and it tastes GREAT!

Experts say that chocolate milk is an effective post-workout recovery drink. In fact, many recent studies show thatchocolate milk replenishes the body after intense exercise just as well as (or better than) any popular sports drink on the market. Here’s why:

Re–fuel tired muscles.
The combination of protein and carbohydrates in chocolate milk appears to be “just right” for refueling weary muscles, says William Lunn, PhD, an exercise scientist at the University of Connecticut. 

Lactose, a sugar naturally present in milk, gives chocolate milk a similar concentration of carbohydrates to protein as some leading sports drinks.

“The high carb and protein content in milk make it an incredibly effective recovery drink,” says physiologist Joel Stagor, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University.

Replenish lost electrolytes and re-hydrate after a workout.
Chocolate milk contains water, carbohydrates and electrolytes in the form of sodium and potassium. Studies show that the carbohydrates help your body absorb lost electrolytes faster than water alone.


Per 1 Cup (240mL) Serving Size

Pro-to-Go Chocolate Milk
Carbohydrate-to-Protein Ratio             2:1Carbohydrate-to-Protein Ratio            3:1
Calories:  190Calories:  190
Protein:  14g (25% daily value)Protein:  9g (17% daily value)
Carbohydrate: 30gCarbohydrate: 28g
 Sugars: 26gSugars:  19g
Total Fat:       3gTotal Fat:       5g
Calcium:        40% daily valueCalcium:        25% daily value


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“Calcium: Drink Yourself Skinny” Michael Zemel, PhD, director of The Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010

Indiana University, “Living Well,” October 2009;

“Chocolate Milk Refuels Muscles After Workout: Study Shows Carbohydrates and Protein in Chocolate Milk Help Muscles Recover From Exercise”

Consumer Reports, June 15, 2009;,  “Milk —as good as sports drinks for athletes?”


The Whole Milk Debate

Thinking about drinking more whole milk?  Recent studies suggest that whole milk contains many nutritional benefits for your body that are not always offered by milk with lower fat content. Consider these recent research findings that suggest whole milk is a healthy choice for you and your family.

The fat in whole milk supports a healthy brain for all ages. Research studies indicate that Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fat found in whole milk, is essential to brain growth in children and in the function of adult brains. DHA is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the brain as well as in the retina and heart. A recent study found that adults suffering from mild memory loss benefitted from improved memory when taking a supplement of 900mg of DHA. Another study found that 600mg of DHA added to the diets of school aged children improved reading scores after 16 weeks. [i]

Children who drink low fat milk are more likely to suffer from childhood obesity than whole milk drinkers.  Research findings from a recent study conducted by the University of Virginia School of Medicine found a correlation between low fat milk consumption (as opposed to whole milk) and increased incidence of childhood obesity in preschool aged children. According to the study, researchers suggest that one reason for this correlation may be due to whole milk’s ability to keep you fuller longer, thus reducing hunger and food consumption.[ii]

Whole milk is associated with lower blood pressure and a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. Findings from a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition suggests that people whose bodies contain high amounts of  trans-palmitoleic acid, or the “good fat” found in whole milk, may have less incidence of developing potentially life threatening medical conditions. Researchers concluded that “trans-palmitoleate is associated with higher LDL cholesterol but also with lower triglycerides, fasting insulin, blood pressure, and incident diabetes.” [iii]

Whole milk helps build muscle. A study conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch found that drinking whole milk after muscle resistance exercises increases your body’s ability to use amino acids for protein synthesis. Net muscle protein synthesis occurs when resistance exercise is combined with amino acid intake. The study examined the response of muscle protein after a leg resistance exercise when whole milk was ingested as recovery drink one hour following the exercise. Three groups were given one of three milk drinks: 237 g of fat-free milk, 237 g of whole milk, or 393 g of fat-free milk isocaloric with the whole milk. The study concluded that whole milk is better at supporting muscle protein synthesis than low fat milk.[iv]

The fat in whole milk helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Some of the vitamins found in whole milk are fat soluble, meaning that fat is needed to break them down to use in your body. These include vitamins A, D, E and K. The fat in whole milk improves the absorption of these vitamins. Vitamins are essential for a variety of body functions including vision, reproduction, immune response, maintaining blood calcium and phosphorus balance, antioxidant activity, blood clotting, bone metabolism and protein synthesis.[v]

Lower intake of dairy fat has been associated with higher risk of developing obesity. One paper published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care found that men who consumed high fat milk and other dairy were less likely to become obese compared to men who consumed low fat milk and dairy. The Swedish longitudinal study followed a group of 1782 middle aged men over a period of 12 years, 1589 of whom participated in the follow up study. While the subjects of this research study may be too small to represent a definite segment of the population, similar findings have been reported from other studies focusing on dairy fat intake and risks of obesity.[vi]


[i] Wainwright, Patricia E. Dietary essential fatty acids and brain function: A developmental perspective on mechanisms. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 2002 (61).

[ii] Longitudinal evaluation of milk type consumed and weight status in preschoolers. Arch Dis Child 2013(98)5.

[iii] trans-Palmitoleic acid, other dairy fat biomarkers, and incident diabetes: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013. (97)4.

[iv] Milk Ingestion Stimulates Net Muscle Protein Synthesis following Resistance Exercise. Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.2006.(38)4.

[v] Fox, P.F. and P.L.H. McSweeney (1998). Dairy Chemistry and Biochemistry. Blackie Academic and Professional Publishers, London.

[vi] High dairy fat intake related to less central obesity: a male cohort study with 12 years’ follow-up. Scand J Prim Health Care.2013.31(2).