NY Times – The Claim: Candy Can Hinder Athletic Performance

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Here is an article today by the New York times called. The Claim: Candy Can Hinder Athletic Performance.

John Allen Mollenhauer: I would add, not just your athletic performance, but your personal and professional performance in general.

Lamar Odom, the star forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, is known for his outsized love of candy, sometimes downing entire bags of chocolate and jelly beans on game day.

Last week, a doctor and Lakers fan wrote an essay linking Odom’s sweet tooth to his “erratic” and sometimes lethargic play. Odom countered that if anything the excessive sugar helps his performance.

But what do studies have to say?

According to research, candy before exercise can enhance performance, but only to a point. Studies have shown, for example, that when athletes eat a 180-calorie candy bar and then ride a stationary bike for an hour — sprinting for the final 15 minutes — they perform better than on days when they drink only water beforehand. But on days when the subjects eat a solid meal a few hours earlier and then have sugar before riding, they do better than on just the sugar alone.

Candy can be as efficient as healthier options like fruit, and because people typically secrete little insulin during exercise, crashing is unlikely, said Nancy Clark, a sports nutritionist. But candy lacks nutrients that are critical to things like bone strength and post-exercise recovery.

For best results, pre-exercise meals should combine protein and easily digestible carbohydrates.


Sugar can work as quick fuel for exercise, but nutrient-rich foods are better.

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