Saturday, November 27, 2010

Eating Banana After Workout

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

Personally, I always take a really ripe banana with my protein shake post-workout for the following reasons:

1.) Bananas are an excellent recovery/energy food- they contain certain minerals that restore and enhance muscle function.

2.) The natural sugars in ripe bananas are perfect for restoring optimal glycogen levels in the muscles, thereby restoring an anabolic state within the body (exercise initiates a catabolic response (muscle break- down) ) Also, the sugars will digest and cause a quick insulin response, providing the perfect "shuttle" for quickly assimilated proteins. Quick delivery is so vital because the body's ability to absorb glycogen and protein is elevated only for a short time post-workout.

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