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    • Raisins As Good As Energy Gels

      From Ergo-Log

      The energy gels that endurance athletes use during their intense training sessions work just as well as ordinary raisins. That was the result of a human study published by kinesiology researchers at San Diego State University in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

      Sports gels or energy gels are relatively new to the sports foods industry. They are intended as an alternative to fluid products and have been developed to provide athletes with carbohydrates that can be digested quickly. Gels also have a high glycaemic index. Energy at the moment you need it is the manufacturers' creed.

      In 1997 researchers at San Diego State University published a sponsored study in which they compared the effect of gels and raisins on 8 endurance athletes. The athletes first had to cycle for 45 minutes at 70% of their VO2 max and then wind down for 15 minutes via a protocol in which they had to pedal a bit faster every 2 minutes.

      Forty-five minutes before the athletes began to cycle, they ate either raisins [Glycaemic Index: 88] or a gel [Glycaemic Index: 117]. In both cases, they ate 1 gr of carbohydrates per kg of body weight. The gel used was Clif Shot, and the raisins came from California.

      The researchers detected no difference between the effect of the raisins or the gel. When the athletes ate raisins they produced 189.5 kJ energy. After consuming the gel, the figure was 187.9 kJ.

      A blood analysis showed no differences either, although, after eating raisins, the athletes had slightly more free fatty acids [FFA] in their blood in the post-exercise phase. That suggests that raisins retard the body's rate of fat consumption a bit less than do gels.

      "The similarity of responses suggests that it may be valuable for athletes, coaches, and trainers to consider the type of carbohydrate-rich food to consume prior to short-term endurance exercise", concluded the researchers. "Raisins are less expensive than sports gels and are a source of naturally occurring nutrients; therefore, they offer an advantage to those desiring a 'food first' approach to nourishment."

      The researchers were paid by the California Raisin Marketing Board.

      J Strength Cond Res. 2007 Nov;21(4):1204-7.

      Source: http://www.ergo-log.com/raisins-spor...ifference.html
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. NCTIGER's Avatar
        NCTIGER -
        The researchers were paid by the California Raisin Marketing Board.
      1. djbombsquad's Avatar
        djbombsquad -
      1. 2skinny's Avatar
        2skinny -
        I love raisins. It would be nice to see some unbiased research to back these claims. The gels I've tasted are nasty and pricey relative to raisins.
      1. jneutron's Avatar
        jneutron -
        What is a raisin?
      1. supermanjow's Avatar
        supermanjow -
        Originally Posted by jneutron View Post
        What is a raisin?
        In case you are serious, a raisin is a dried grape.

        As for the article, it seems that yet again natural foods top created. Same performance increase with the antioxidant capacity and increased free fatty acids. Raisins FTW!
      1. 2skinny's Avatar
        2skinny -
        Originally Posted by jneutron View Post
        What is a raisin?
        Its a tiny morsel of goodness!