A new study has suggested that bananas may be a better choice for athletes than sports drinks.
The team of scientists compared the effects of carbohydrates consumed during sports and discovered that bananas provide greater anti-inflammatory and other health benefits than sports drinks, The New York Times reported.
According to the authors of the study published in the journal PLoS, bloating may be an hitch to consuming bananas.
It’s known that eating or drinking carbohydrates during lengthy exercises helps people keep going for longer and recover more quickly afterward.
The study, which included 20 competitive cyclists, was partly funded by Dole Foods, which sells bananas.
The ideal amount of banana to consume during exercise is uncertain, but the researchers plan to explore that issue in future research, and also to evaluate the effects of other fruits during exercise, The Times reported.
Lead author David Nieman, director of the human performance lab at Appalachian State University, said that for people who want a natural and cheap alternative to sports drinks, bananas look pretty good.