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4 Natural Fuel Foods for Your Next Workout

By Amy Paturel, July/August 2008

Supercharge your workout and get a natural energy boost from foods you have in your kitchen right now.


READER'S COMMENT:
"I thought this article was about 4 superfoods in my kitchen that would help boost energy during workout. Other than the honey, which looks like your "facts" are screwed up on, I get from #2 that coffee doesn't do the trick, but rather...

What foods can you count on to go the extra mile, and which foods fall short? See what recent studies reveal before your next workout.

1. A Spoonful of Honey
Recent research suggests that carb blends (foods containing fructose and glucose) may be superior to straight glucose for boosting energy during endurance activities. But before you reach for a sports drink, consider honey: like sugar, it naturally has equal parts fructose and glucose, but it also contains a handful of antioxidants and vitamins. Upshot: While not exactly a “super food,” honey has plenty going for it besides being sweet. The darker the honey, the more disease-fighting compounds it contains.



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