Bananas healthier alternative than sports drinks.

bananasA study conducted by the Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab in the Kannapolis-based North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) has revealed that bananas are healthier than and are a rich source of potassium and other nutrients.

The bananas contained antioxidants not found in sport drinks as well as fiber, potassium and vitamin B6 with a healthier blend of sugar than .

“We wanted to see which was more beneficial when consumed during intense cycling, bananas or a carbohydrate sports drink,” said Dr. David C. Nieman, director of the human performance lab and a member of the College of Sciences faculty at Appalachian.

“We found that not only was performance the same whether bananas or were consumed, there were several advantages to bananas,” he said.

“Bananas come prepackaged with fiber, nutrients and antioxidants,” said Nieman, adding the research translates to any exercise.
“The mode of exercise is not the issue. I think there are a lot of athletes who don’t like the thought of drinking carbohydrate , which are essentially flavored sugar water,” he said. “This type of research shows that you can have healthier carbohydrate sources before and after exercise that will support athletic performance just as well as a sports drink,” Nieman said.


David C. Nieman, Nicholas D. Gillitt, Dru A. Henson, Wei Sha, R. Andrew Shanely, Amy M. Knab, Lynn Cialdella-Kam, Fuxia Jin. Bananas as an Energy Source during Exercise: A Metabolomics Approach. , 2012; 7 (5): e37479 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037479

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