Sunday, April 26, 2009

Why Don't More Sports Drinks Include Protein?

Adding protein to carbohydrate drinks during exercise has been shown to decrease muscle tissue damage in runners, improve performance, and enhance water retention (see a list of references here).

Accelerade is one of the few sports drinks on the market that includes protein- 4 grams per 8 oz serving (4:1 ratio carbohydrate to protein).

The most obvious problem with protein during a race would be a slower absorption rate, but apparently that isn't the case with Accelerade. Based on the evidence, it's certainly worth a try.

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