An update on carbohydrate intake during exercise: are sugary drinks still the key to prolonged performance?

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Graeme Close

It has been over 15 years since we first heard that Lucozade Sport results in a 33% improvement in exercise capacity. Since this paper, there has been an explosion in the amount of products on the market, all designed with the intent of preventing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and providing additional CHO supply for energy production during exercise. This article will take a critical look at the classic and contemporary literature and try to answer the question, “Are sugary drinks still the key to prolonged performance”. The type of sugar will be addressed as well as the form (liquid, gel or solid) and the best rate of ingestion during a variety of sporting settings.

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