TOOLBOX: The benefits of ingesting exogenous carbohydrate (CHO) during prolonged exercise performance are well established. A recent food technology innovation has seen sodium alginate and pectin included in solutions of multiple transportable CHO, to encapsulate them at pH levels found in the stomach. But are the marketing claims of improved gastric emptying and CHO oxidation worth your money? Let’s find out!
TOOLBOX: “Did you know that you don’t need to ingest your energy drink? A simple carbohydrate mouth rinse for a few seconds can increase your exercise performance…” At least that’s how I first heard of it 10 years ago while on my Nutrition and Dietetics degree.
Toolbox: While it's undeniable that proper carb-loading is a science-based strategy to increase exercise performance during a race for competitive cyslists, some guidelines and factors must be taken into account before booking dinner for that Italian restaurant.
Toolbox: Carbohydrate-rich foods have gone through heaven and hell in the past decades. While the role of carbohydrates is well recognized in enhancing cycling performance, it seems that the perfect harmony lies in eating according to the workout you are going to perform.