A study of athletes found the breakfast snack was at least as good, if not better, at revitalising muscles.
Five days later they repeated the fasting and exercise, then ate a wholewheat flake cereal with a splash of skimmed milk instead.
Exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer said: ‘We found cereal and milk was good for protein synthesis, or muscle rebuilding, after exercise.
‘Because of the protein in the milk you would expect to see this.
But what was most surprising was the lactate in the blood, which causes muscles to stiffen, was greatly reduced after consuming the cereal and milk as compared to the sports drink.’
The researchers said this was because the cereal raised levels of insulin, which converts sugar to energy, and blunted the production of lactate.
Miss Kammer, whose findings are published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, said: ‘Cereal and milk is a less expensive option than sports drinks. The milk provides a source of easily digestible and high-quality protein, making this an attractive recovery option for those who refuel at home.’
Sources:Mail On Line.14Th.May’09
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