Honey for Athletes

“Honey was deliberately adulterated with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) at numbers of 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, and 50% (w/w). Sugar composition as being a fingerprint was dependant upon HPLC for many samples. The following compositional properties were determined for pure and adulterated honey: moisture, total soluble solids, nitrogen, apparent viscosity, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), ash, sodium, calcium, potassium, proline, refractive index and diastatic activity.” – Quoted by scienceDirect Journal:

Jonathan Horton, an affiliate of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastic team, faced a unique challenge during his training. He has a problem with his blood sugars, that can cause him for being shaky during workouts. His solution: honey. According to Horton, whenever he’d feel weak and shaky from low blood sugar levels, although take honey to further improve his glucose levels. Kerry Walsh Jennings, a gold medalist in indoor and beach volleyball, swears by honey. Her diet includes almond butter and honey sandwiches. She eats them especially before competitions to offer her energy.[courtesy: Coxhoney]

During earlier times 50 years, an important volume of scientific reports have consistently shown the critical role of glycogen for optimalathletic performance. Glycogen is the place the body stores carbohydrates for energy on the muscular level.

Research indicates a correlation between training and competing with high muscle glycogen content and improved exertion capacity and efficiency.

Glycogen is the entire body’s predominant way to obtain energy during moderate- to high-intensity exertion

Results report that muscle glycogen availability make a difference performance during both short-term plus much more prolonged high-intensity intermittent exercise1

(Courtesy: muscleround)

Richard Kreider, Professor and Department Head, Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, conducted three studies that showed how honey can improve endurance exercise capacity.

All studies established that honey could be an alternative, improved choice for endurance athletes and strength athletes, for improving athletic performance.

In “Honey and Sports nutrition: Report for that American Honey Board”, 2001, Kreider highlights it’s important for athletes to keep a consistent blood-sugar level on their exercise and competition. It is known that your high-glycemic index could cause spikes in blood glucose levels and energy. Honey features a moderate gi (he measured it as a 43 from 100, where he placed white bread).

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