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Bananas Are A Better Carb/Nutrient Source Than Sports Drinks Before Strenuous Exercise

May 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers have found that bananas are more beneficial to vigorous exercisers than sports drinks. The study showed that half a banana given to trained cyclists every fiftyeen minutes during a 75-kilometer road race (nearly 3 hours long) provided antioxidants not found in sports drinks, plus fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and a healthier blend of sugars. According to one of the researchers, the findings show that healthy carbohydrate sources like bananas "before and after exercise will support athletic performance just as well as a sports drink."
David C. Nieman et al., " Bananas as an Energy Source during Exercise: A Metabolomics Approach", PLoS ONE, May 29, 2012, © Nieman et al.
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