It turns out that the portable snack – a longtime favorite of athletes – is as beneficial as a sports drink.
In fact, bananas provide antioxidants you won’t find in a sports drink, according to a study conducted by researchers at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab.
“We wanted to see which was more beneficial when consumed during intense cycling – bananas or a carbohydrate sports drink,” said Dr. David C. Nieman, director of the lab. “We found that not only was performance the same whether bananas or sports drinks were consumed, there were several advantages to consuming bananas.”
Fiber. Potassium. The vitamin B6.
Bananas provide these nutrients as well as a “healthier blend of sugars than sports drinks,” a news release states. Although the study was funded by Dole Foods, it has been published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLoS ONE by the nonprofit Public Library of Science (PLoS).