SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Supplements, Health & Nutrition - Europe US edition | APAC edition

News > Research

Read more breaking news

 

 
Gatorade responds to July article on controversial scientific study

Gatorade and bananas: Comparing apples and pears?

By Ben Bouckley , 23-Nov-2012
Last updated on 26-Nov-2012 at 12:36 GMT2012-11-26T12:36:00Z

PepsiCo brands responds to controversial sports performance study

PepsiCo brand Gatorade tells BeverageDaily.com that a direct comparison between the drink and bananas should not be made, after a recent US study concluded that the fruit was as effective in promoting sports performance.

Published in July, the Niemen et al. study, ‘Bananas and Exercise Metabolism’, found that 14 trained cyclists completed a 75km (consuming both Gatorade and the fruit separately in a crossover) time trial with no difference in performance and physiological measures.

But Katie Montiel from Gatorade Communications contacted us on Wednesday to ensure we had the “most current information” in regard to the import of the Niemen et al. study that we covered back in July.

Gatorade agreed that bananas could be a good energy source, Montiel said, but it was important to note that the composition of bananas changed based upon levels of ripeness.

Thus they may not be an effective energy source at all levels.

Time must be ripe for Bananaman…

 “While the ripeness of bananas was appropriate in the study, the athlete would need to pay special attention to the ripeness levels during at home use,” Montiel said.

She added: “Athletes must also consider more than just energy: fluids, electrolytes and GI [gastro-intestinal] distress are other important factors.”

Moving on to “potential limitations and issues” with the study – some of which she said were identified by the authors – Montiel noted that a home bicycle trainer was used for testing.

“As the trainer has a high degree of variability during extended duration use and higher intensity cycling, you may be less likely to find a difference between treatments,” she said, referencing a 2005 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research article by Earnest et al .

Montiel added: “Additionally, the subjects mentioned feeling full and bloated after consuming bananas. High fiber intake, such as can be found when consuming multiple bananas, may result in GI distress.”

Direct comparison ‘does not fit’

Furthermore, it was important for active individuals to consume fluids with electrolytes – specifically sodium lost most in sweat – during exercise to maintain hydration, Montiel said.

“A direct comparison between Gatorade and bananas does not fit in all situations as bananas do not provide fluid and sodium in a comparable amount to Gatorade,” she added.

“The practical application of carrying multiple bananas as well as a fluid source should also be considered.”

Summarizing Gatorade’s position, Montiel said that bananas were a potential energy source, and could perhaps be used in tandem with sports drinks to provide athletes with the correct nutrients during exercise.

BeverageDaily.com contacted the study’s lead author Professor David Nieman asking for a response to Gatorade’s points, but none was forthcoming prior to publication.

(Register here for free access to the first ever online event  devoted to Operational Efficiency in food and beverage processing, taking place on November 29, organized by our sister site FoodProductionDaily.com and William Reed Business Media.)

Related products

Live Supplier Webinars

Polyphenols tipped to become the way to innovate in Sports Nutrition
Fytexia
Orally bioavailable standardized botanical derivatives in sport nutrition: special focus on recovery in post-intense physical activities
Indena
Collagen in motion: move freely and keep your injuries in check
Leading manufacturer of gelatine and collagen peptides
Life’s too short for slow proteins. Whey proteins hydrolysates: Fast delivery for enhanced performance
Arla Foods Ingredients
What it Takes to Compete and Win in Today’s Sports Nutrition Market
Capsugel
Sports Nutrition Snapshot: Key regional drivers and delivery format innovations
William Reed Business Media
Gutsy performance: How can microbiome modulation help athletes and weekend warriors
William Reed Business Media
Pushing the boundaries: Where’s the line between ‘cutting edge nutrition’ and doping
William Reed Business Media
Alpha & Omega in Sports Nutrition – Using Omega 3’s and A-GPC to improve performance and recovery.
KD Pharma

On demand Supplier Webinars

High-amylose maize starch may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes: what does this qualified health claim mean?
Ingredion
Balancing Innovation and Risk in Sports Nutrition Ingredients
NSF-International
Explaining bio-hacking: is there a marketing opportunity for food companies?
William Reed Business Media
Personalized Nutrition – how an industry can take part in shaping the future of Nutrition
BASF Nutrition & Health
Find out Nutritional and ingredient lifecycle solutions and strategies!
Roquette
Is the time rIpe for I-nutrition?
William Reed Business Media
The Advantage of Outsourcing Fermentation-based Manufacturing Processes
Evonik Health Care
All supplier webinars