Chocomel gives a boost: ‘But unwise in the long term’


According to sports nutrition expert Henk-Jan Koershuis, the drink is not seen by many people as something unhealthy, while it is. “One glass of chocolate contains all your daily amount of sugar. That says enough. Drinking chocolate is a very unhealthy choice”, he tells EditieNL.

There are seven sugar cubes in one can. More than in an ice tea, which contains six. Together with Red Bull and Fanta, chocolate milk is the unhealthier drinks.


Yet both athletes and our prime minister reach for the chocolate milk before or after an effort. According to Koershuis, that is not surprising. “After drinking a can, you can go forward an hour and a half. For the press conference it is a boost and runners use it as fuel, for example, or to recover.”

As an athlete, Jesse Linthorst is not averse to a chocolate pellet. The survival runner drinks it four times a week, after every workout. With him they take about an hour and a half. “I enjoy it very much. I drink chocolate milk for recovery.”

According to Linthorst, the drink is not only unhealthy. “It also contains good products, such as sugars and proteins. And after a tough workout you need those substances.” So he just keeps going with it for the time being.


Nevertheless, Koershuis does not recommend excessive drinking of chocolate milk, especially during the corona crisis. “It is important in these times to improve your immune system. For that you have to reduce your sugar intake. You don’t do that by drinking chocolate milk.”

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