If the race is long enough then it may be a good idea to include some fat in your calories to smooth out the burn and make the food taste better. A long term euro-pro favorite is a little sandwich with ham and cream cheese. But for typical American races that rarely go over 2 hours, your gut would hardly start digesting the fat before the race ended. For that kind of race you want carbs with a high glycemic index, which is why all the gells, blocks, beans, and drinks typically contain maltodextrin, glucose, etc.Joe Friel speaks of consuming olive oil while training in place of a high carb diet. He says studies have shown a significant advantage to consuming it. But how about while racing... to use as fuel?
Sounds like Lance's Honey Stinger's (only liquid).... I'm going to try something weird this summer that I heard about, on a long ride take my GU flask with the usual espresso, but mix a little honey in it, I know it will taste funny but supposedly the honey will boost your energy.
You are entirely right. It's also not just your opinion but facts.Honey is good stuff. IMHO only.... not all that hugely better/different from other sweeteners like cane or beet sugar or even corn sugar. Sugar is sugar... just my opinion.
I'm with you on this all the way.If you're doing cycling or running then the fat found in hamburgers at a fast food place is getting destroyed by good hdl. I live my life to enjoy it, and if I'am at a fast food place and want a burger then I'm one not to freak out about it and I'll eat and enjoy it. My bad cholesterol is low and my good is high, so as long as that remains that way then I don't care what I eat.
Margarine causes cancer, no one mentions that, they just mention that butter causes cholesterol but they don't mention that butter doesn't cause cancer. My family eats butter.
Living in California you meet radical health nuts and I knew several, 2 of them were very strict vegetarians, those two people all died of cancer at a fairly young age. The others took very expensive herbs and vitamins they too died of cancer. Not one of those friends lived past 50. I don't take any vits or herbs, don't get flu shots, eat meat, butter, etc and have no health issues. And if the day comes that I do have some sort of health issue, so what? Who's to say I wouldn't have those issues if I ate no meat and no butter anyways? Who's to say if my friends who died of cancer had not followed their strict healthy eating they would have died anyways at the same age? I believe exercise is good for you but I don't go overboard, I eat healthy in my opinion but I don't go overboard one way or the other. I knew of a person that lived to be 102 years old and chained smoked cigs from the time he was 14 years old. I believe more importantly that genetic makeup has more to do with living and dying then people realize, that's not saying you can cut your life short by getting really fat and being lazy, and smoking etc, but if you follow normal living routines I don't think you're going to alter how long you live all that much vs someone with the same genes (not possible) who is a radical health nut.
Exactly my point. Fructose is very low on the glycemic index. Agave nectar has an index of 10-20 depending on many factors. Maltodextrin is about 150. Raw sugar about 65. Processing these can have a big impact. From a calorie standpoint they are all basically the same. But you will burn off higher index carbs faster leading to a likelihood of consuming more. A calorie is a calorie, but not all calories lead your body to the same result.No magic in agave. It's basically all fructose. Not making a value judgement, just sayin'.
Not true at all in regards to carbohydrate metabolism during intense exercise.Exactly my point. Fructose is very low on the glycemic index. Agave nectar has an index of 10-20 depending on many factors. Maltodextrin is about 150. Raw sugar about 65. Processing these can have a big impact. From a calorie standpoint they are all basically the same. But you will burn off higher index carbs faster leading to a likelihood of consuming more. A calorie is a calorie, but not all calories lead your body to the same result.
.Not true at all in regards to carbohydrate metabolism during intense exercise.