Cereal, skimmed milk good alternative to expensive sports drinks

May 14th, 2009 - 12:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 14 (ANI): Cereal and milk can offer a less expensive alternative to sports drinks, say scientists.

Exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer, from The University of Texas at Austin, came to this conclusion after investigating the post-exercise physiological effects of the foods.

She and her team studied 12 trained cyclists, 8 male and 4 female.

She revealed that, unlike many sports nutrition studies, her team designed the exercise protocol to reflect a typical exercise session.

After a warm-up period, the subjects cycled for two hours at a comfortable work rate, rather than the more frequently seen test-to-exhaustion.

“Our goal was to compare whole grain cereal plus milk-which are ordinary foods-and sports drinks, after moderate exercise. We wanted to understand their relative effects on glycogen repletion and muscle protein synthesis for the average individual. We found that glycogen repletion, or the replenishment of immediate muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better,” she said.

“Cereal and non-fat milk are a less expensive option than sports drinks. The milk provides a source of easily digestible and high quality protein, which can promote protein synthesis and training adaptations, making this an attractive recovery option for those who refuel at home,” she added.

Based on their observations, the researchers concluded that, for amateur athletes and moderately physically active individuals trying to keep in shape, having a quick bowl of whole-grain cereal with a splash of skimmed milk might be a smarter move than investing in a high-priced sports drink.

Kammer’s study was supported by General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. (ANI)

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