Bananas for energy boost

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 | In Knowledge | Tags: , ,

Bananas for energy boost
~ Bananas for energy boost ~

When it comes to the optimal mid-workout energy boost, how do bananas measure up against sport performance drinks? A recent study shows that the humble yellow fruit holds its own, as long as you do not mind the bloat.

The study, which appeared earlier this month in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, pitted bananas against a typical 6% carbohydrate sports drink while 14 well-trained cyclists performed a 75-kilometer time trial.

Each cyclist completed two time trials while consuming 0.2 grams of carbohydrate per kilograms of body weight every 15 minutes. In one time trial, the carbohydrate came from bananas, and in the other, they came from a sports drink.

The riders who ate bananas reported feeling more full and bloated, yet their blood glucose levels and performance did not differ between the two time trials. If you are looking for other low-cost energy boosters, Runner World magazine recommends packets of jelly or honey, or even candy, raisins, or pretzels. When taken with water, these modest foods work just as well as pricier energy bars and gels during your longer runs or riders.

Information via AFP – Relaxnews.


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