Eating potato puree in the midst of prolonged exercise is as effective as commercial carbohydrate gel for sustaining the blood sugar levels as well as enhancing performance among trained athletes, says a recent study.
The aim of the study was to diversify and expand race-fuelling choices for athletes as well as offset the flavour fatigue, said lead author of the study Nicholas Burd.
For the study, researchers took the help of 12 healthy participants who were highly devoted towards their sport. The cyclists were asked to reach a particular target for aerobic vigour in order to qualify for trials. They were also asked to finish a 120min cycling challenge after the trial time.
The researchers assigned random participants to either consume water alone, commercial carbohydrate gel, or an equal level of carbohydrates derived from potatoes.
Their blood sugar levels were monitored throughout the entire exercise regime. The findings of the study showed no difference in the performance of participants who consumed carbohydrate gels and potatoes. In fact, these participants saw a major increase in their performance than those who consumed water alone. Moreover, the study revealed that the plasma sugar concentrations rose by the same amount among those who consumed gels and potatoes.