Honey boosts performance

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Honey can improve performance and power during exercise, a new
study suggests. Presented on Tuesday at the annual Experimental
Biology meeting the study...

Honey can improve performance and power during exercise, a new study suggests. Presented on Tuesday at the annual Experimental Biology meeting the study indicates that using honey as a carbohydrate source significantly helped endurance during cycling trials. "Numerous studies have singled out carbohydrates as a critical nutrient in endurance exercise. Most of the studies to date have shown supplementation with glucose to provide the extra staying power. We were pleased to find that honey, a 'cocktail' of various natural sugars, performed just as well,''​ stated Professor Richard Kreider, Ph.D., the study's leading researcher and Director of the University of Memphis​ Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory. He continued, "Carbohydrates in gel form are preferred because they are easier to use and carry. Because of this, honey has a competitive, ready-to-use edge and a widely liked flavour.''​ In the study nine competitive cyclists received one of three supplements in gel form per week, over a three-week period: honey, glucose or a flavoured,calorie-free placebo. Results showed: that honey reduced the time to complete a 64 km time trial by over 3 minutes compared to the placebo; that honey produced over 6 per cent greater cycling power during the time trial compared to the placebo; an equal performance to glucose, the most common carbohydrate supplement and was well tolerated by all the subjects. This clinical trial is the third in a series of studies focusing on the use of honey by athletes. All three studies were supported by the National Honey Board.

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