Fast Food Just as Good as SPORTS DRINKS? (Study)

Fast Food Just as Good as SPORTS DRINKS? (Study)

August 10, 2019 100 By William Morgan


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This study on glycogen recovery recently caught
my eye.
For those unfamiliar, glycogen is an energy
source stored within our muscles and utilized
during physical activity.
It’s often recommended to replenish these
stores through food after workout, especially
for athletes with multiple daily activities
or for endurance training.
Now, the most heavily marketed glycogen-replenishing
products out there are that of sports drinks
and snacks, many of which you’ve probably
heard of.
However, this study challenges the glycogen-replenishing
effects of said products by taking the extreme
approach of comparing it to… fast food.
Let’s take a closer look.
In the study, subjects were fed twice with
either fast food or sport supplements within
a 4-hour recovery period after burning through
their glycogen stores from cycling.
Then, they performed a 20-kilometer time trial
to see if one food intervention improved post-recovery
performance more than the other.
As for the type of food, fast foods were portions
of hotcakes, orange juice, hamburger, cola,
and French fries from a McDonald’s restaurant.
The sports supplement were portions of Gatorade,
Kit’s organic peanut butter, Clif Bars,
Cytomax, and Power Bars.
Portions for the two groups were matched for
both total calorie and macronutrient intakes
for the sake of fairness.
Now on to the results.
In terms of glycogen recovery, fast food was…
just as good as the highly-touted sports supplements
in resynthesis rates.
As for the 20-kilometer time trial… results
were also similar in both groups.
Interesting.
For those that don’t have the financial
luxury of buying sports snacks on a regular
basis, this is possibly good news.
Fast food is often cheaper.
Now clearly this is not a green light for
you to just eat fast food after all your workouts,
not at all!
Fast food is still calorie and sugar-dense,
which excessive intake can have long-term
negative impacts.
In my opinion, though, neither sports drinks
nor fast food are best, but rather you’re
best off with natural food sources like fruits
and nuts.
They carry the same energy replenishing capabilities
without hurting your wallet nor your waistline.
However, for those occasional moments where
you need a quick and cheap post-workout recovery,
your local drive-thru might come in handy.
Let me know what you think of the study or
experiences with fast food in2 the comments
below.
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