Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cereal and Milk Aids Post-Workout Muscle Recovery

Athletes - meet the sports supplement you may have been overlooking: cereal. Yeah, it's not exactly what comes to mind when you think of working out, but new research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition has shown that whole-grain cereal plus non-fat milk is just as good as replenishing your muscles' fuel after moderate exercise as compared to some more expensive sports drinks! In fact, it's better...

Researchers out of Texas had 12 trained cyclists undergo a typical exercise session; the athletes cycled for two hours at a comfortable pace and then consumed either a sports-drink or whole grain cereal plus skim milk. The athletes acted as their own controls meaning that they all performed two rounds of exercise and ultimately consumed both 'supplements' after working out. The result? The replenishment of muscle fuel was just as good in both conditions and some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better in the cereal condition.

Not only are cereal and milk a cheaper alternative to stocking up on Gatorade, they also provide vitamins and minerals plus protein and complex carbohydrates which sports drinks just can't compare with. Not to mention the fact that it's actual food as compared with a sugar-electrolyte water mixture!

The researchers went on to say that these results are true not only for athletes, but for amateurs and moderately physically active people who are just trying to stay in shape, too! Despite the fact that this study was funded by General Mills, I still believe there's a grain of truth behind the whole 'cereal for weight loss' craze!


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