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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pre-Workout Snacks: What's the Best?

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This is one of the most frequent questions I get from Athletes and Warriors! I pray this helps.
(Prevention Magazine) Many exercisers wonder if they can get a pre-workout energy boost from food. But what can you eat that won't slow you down? And how much is too much? We asked the experts to compare two favorites -- energy bars and bagels. Here's what they found:
Bagels: Cheap, easy to find, satisfyingly crunchy (if you toast them).
Energy bars: Shiny wrappers, cool names, make you feel really athletic.
Which should you choose as your workout partner?
Performance: In a small study, David Pearson, PhD, of the Ball State University Human Performance Lab in Muncie, IN, failed to find a performance difference between cyclists who ate a bagel and those who ate a sports bar for breakfast before a workout on an exercise bike. "There was no recognizable benefit from the energy bar versus a common complex carbohydrate (i.e. bagel)," he says (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, November 1996).
To explore this issue further, we collected some information and did a little testing on a typical bagel and two popular sports bars:
Frozen BagelPowerBarClif Bar
Size and Type3.5 in. (plain, poppy or onion)2.25 oz (banana)2.4 oz (apple-cherry)
Price:$0.33$1.69$1.29
Nutrition:
Calories195230250
Fat1 g2 g2 g
Calcium5% Daily Value (DV)30% DV4% DV
Iron14% DV35% DV10% DV
Vitamin C0% DV100% DV0% DV
BagelEnergy Bars
Size:Fits in purse or gym bagFits in pocket, purse, gym bag
Sit-test:Uncomfortable to sit on, gets crushed, leaves crumbs on pantsBarely noticeable when sat on. Virtually invulnerable to crushing
Conclusion: If you like the taste, convenience and the extra nutrients of the bars, fine -- just keep an eye on their fat (some have more than 2 g.) and calorie content. But if you want an inexpensive source of carbohydrate energy for your next workout, the lowly bagel is up to the challenge.

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