It's not just the soothing memories of a perfect childhood treat either. Chocolate milk is rich in potassium, which is great for muscles that get cramped up--and that's one of the symptoms of stressed-out living. Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You marks it as one of her top 4 stress relievers at WomensHealth.com. Although you do want to make sure you go with low fat milk.
Opinions are mixed on the health benefits of chocolate milk--especially in large quantities. There's a lot of sugar and a diabetes epidemic is sweeping the country. But keeping the chocolate milk indulgence to a minimum, it's probably a good antidote for stress. (Oprah.com thinks so, too.) And in the moment of relaxation as you take your first sip, you'll probably feel it.
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