Notwithstanding that the FDA has recently chided General Mills for overstating the potential health benefits of your daily bowl of Cheerios, a new study says that a bowl of milk and whole grain cereal offers the same post-workout recovery benefits as fancy-pants sports drinks.
“Our goal was to compare whole grain cereal plus milk—which are ordinary foods—and sports drinks, after moderate exercise,” said [ exercise physiologist Lynn Kammer of the University of Texas at Austin]. “We wanted to understand their relative effects on glycogen repletion and muscle protein synthesis for the average individual. We found that glycogen repletion, or the replenishment of immediate muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better”.
“Cereal and non-fat milk are a less expensive option than sports drinks. The milk provides a source of easily digestible and high quality protein, which can promote protein synthesis and training adaptations, making this an attractive recovery option for those who refuel at home.”
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