Through a recent study, researchers at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab compared bananas to carbohydrate sports drinks. In the study, cyclists were given either a cup of sports drink or half a banana every 15 minutes during a simulated road race test that lasted 2.5 – 3 hours. Before and after the study, blood samples were taken for analysis.
According to Dr. David Nieman, the lab’s director:
We found that not only was performance the same whether bananas or sports drinks were consumed, there were several advantages to consuming bananas.
Like the sports drinks, bananas are rich in carbohydrates. These carbs are used by the body as fuel to power through a workout. But bananas are also rich in other nutrients – like potassium and vitamin B6. And beyond being easy to carry and transport, bananas are a good source of antioxidants and fiber. They’re also significantly less expensive than sports drinks.
For a lot of people (myself included), the idea of conventional drinking sports drinks – with their long list of artificial ingredients and dyes – isn’t appealing. So it’s great to know that there are natural alternatives like bananas. In fact, it’s why I eat one each morning before my workout.
P.S. Coconut water is nature’s sports drink and another great alternative.
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