This Week's nutritional training TIP
Did you ever think why a banana is in every rider’s pocket and why it can be good training food?
As you know when you are sweating you lose electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium… You also know that you need some carbohydrates when training, to be able to train effectively… So here some points why to take a banana with to your ride instead of a gel:
There are lots of benefits in this tasty yellow fruit, like
- 15-20gr carbohydrates
- >>> energy booster as contains both fructose, sucrose and glucose
- 250-300 mg potassium
- A bit of sodium
- Has a prebiotic effect -> good for the gut bacteria with the good fibers
- Cheap food compared to a gel
- Gel has about the same amount of carbohydrates
- More sodium
- Fast energy booster
- No health benefits
- A bit expensive
Summary: take a banana with to your ride, eat it early in the ride as then you can eat it fresh, not mashed;-) and get all the health benefits with to your training.