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Cereal and milk touted as the next sports supplement

June 22, 2009 by  

Cereal and milk touted as the next sports supplementA new study has compared the consumption of whole grain cereal and milk with carbohydrate-based sports drinks and found the former may provide the same recovery and rehydration benefits after exercise.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin studied 12 trained cyclists and analyzed the physiological effects of different foods after a typical exercise session.

They found the replenishment of glycogen, a muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better than after sports drinks.

Exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer, who led the research team, says "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."

She adds that both cereal and non-fat milk are also a less expensive options than sports drinks.

Another recent study of college soccer players found that chocolate milk provides equal or superior muscle recovery, repair and body rehydration compared to high-carbohydrate beverages with the same amount of calories.

Milk also provides minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium that get depleted during physical activity.

The study was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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  • Shirlee Hudson

    Who funded the research?

    The size of the population (12) is a very small.

    Having taught statistics at the college level, these are the two major concepts that I introduce to students the first day of class. During the course, I encourage them to bring in articles, like this, to develop analytical thinking skills and evaluate statistical studies found in the media.

    An exercise physiologist claims that milk provides an easily digestible source of high quality protein. Sounds like the dairy industry wants us to perpetuate the “never outgrow you need for milk” myth.
    In nature: animals rarely consume another animal’s milk.
    animals never consume milk beyond the nursing stage.
    animals consume raw, unprocessed milk from the maternal source.

    How, specifically, did they measure the glycogen? How much time elapsed between consumption and measurement? They are comparing the effects of adulterated milk and an unidentified cereal with a chemical laden sports drinks. They also draw a conclusion that the minerals are replaced by the milk. Was this measurement part of the research?

    Check the funding! Statistically this is not valid research.

  • s c

    This does seem a bit simplistic (and too easy). Am I right in assuming that the article is not talking about quality cereal or quality milk? If you get your cereal and milk from a health food store, that’s one thing.
    Try and get quality cereal or milk from a typical grocery store, and you’ve got cheap crap loaded with growth hormones, antibiotics and added ingredients that don’t belong in anything consumed by humans.
    Shop around, and read the blinkin’ labels!

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