Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Honey ‘Excellent’ Pre- and Post-Workout Carbohydrate Source

Honey Helps Exercisers
By Lisa Ryckman, Rocky Mountain News (USA), 9/25/2007

Question: Is honey better for you than regular sugar? And why do they warn people about giving it to babies?

Answer: Honey's good stuff, particularly for the exerciser. Studies have shown that it's excellent as a pre- and post-workout carbohydrate source and helps maintain stable blood sugar. A honey-protein shake after exercise has been shown to help promote muscle recuperation and refuel the muscles' energy.

Honey also contains disease-fighting antioxidants - the darker the honey, the higher the content - and vitamins and minerals. Depending on what flower the nectar came from, honey can contain niacin, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Honey also has strong anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities...

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