The JJournal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition has made available a preprint of this review. Milk: the new sports drink? A Review. The points made in the abstract (I’ve not yet downloaded the .PDF) are that milk provides the necessary carbohydrates, proteins, fluids, and electrolytes needed for optimal post-exercise recovery.
On several levels, this makes a lot of sense…
There are of course issues of lactose (in)tolerance, milk/animal fat tolerances, and glycemic control.
Has anyone here tried using regular (or low-fat, or skim) milk as a recovery beverage? Did it work well or poorly for you, and why?