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Burger & Fries Rated For Recovery
Fast Food Good For Recovery
Now here is some news I can get behind. My only question, why didn’t they include beer?
According to this study published by the University of Montana Center for for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism, McDonald’s burger, fries and Coke will match the best sports recovery foods in performance. So maybe I have not been living that bad after all. As you might imagine, the sports food industry is up in arms at the study results.
I have tried at various times to really educate myself on sports nutrition. Most of it has been to no avail. The fact is, there is so much money and hype in the entire industry that it is very hard to find real facts to grab onto. But one common theme that arises is that a carb is a carb, regardless of shape, form or type of sugar source.
All carbs are broken down to the simplest elements to be used by the body. Honey, a banana, rice syrup or high fructose corn syrup are all consumed in the same way. All sugars are fructose and glucose, the molecules are all basically the same. Now, that is not to say that any or all are particularly good for you. That is different conversation, we are just talking recovery here. Sustained energy foods would be a very different discussion.
So it stands to reason that the sugars in french fries, ketchup and white bread are absorbed much the same way as high end powders or drinks. I have used both extensively. Ultimately I found that it came down more to what I could stomach after an exhausting day. I first introduced TEAM USA to mac and cheese in Poland in 2004. I found that the traditional post race team meal of spaghetti was to acidic for my empty stomach. Plus the creamy cheese was a fantastic comfort food. It was an instant hit. Mac and cheese is now a staple for the team riders.
These days my recovery meal is typically chips, salsa and a beer. Maybe it isn’t as bad as I once thought. Read the rest of the article here: