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Thursday 14th May 2009
Humble Cereal beats designer sports drinks for energy recharge

Most of us have felt that contented exhaustion after serious exercise, but while many of us reach for designer brand energy drinks to replenish our bodies it's been discovered that we'd be better off reaching for our cereal bowls.

It's only a small study, but scientists at the university of Texas, studied the post exercise effects of a group of 12 cyclists after a standard exercise session. The human body has stores of glucose in the muscle tissue and that is consumed during exercise. Muscle protein is also broken down and needs to be replenished. There is also the factor of re-hydration to replace fluids lost through sweat.

The team found that there was little to differentiate the replenishment of stored glucose and fluids between the cyclists that drank energy drinks and those that consumed whole grain cereal with milk.

The difference was in fact, the milk. Milk is a high quality protein source and this is used by the body to manage the break down of muscle protein during exercise. Cereal and milk is also a less expensive solution than most energy drinks.

Of course, not everyone has the chance to return home to the fridge after exercise, but if you can then it seems a better option to have cereal, no matter the time of day.

The team recommended skimmed milk so as not to consume unnecessary fats, and of course whole grain cereal has other health benefits, such as boosting the immune system and reducing the risk of heart disease.

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