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Potato as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, study finds | Science Daily

If you want a great carb boost in a healthier alternative, try a potato.  Cost-effective, nutrient-dense, and a natural source of carbs, potatoes make for a great source of energy and are easier to eat than the overly-sweet gels found in stores. Scientists worked with 12 cyclists and found that those who consumed gels and those who consumed potatoes during long rides had no differences in performance, but performed much better than those who only had water. This proved that potato puree works just as well as carb gels while being a much better option in the long run.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191018125512.htm

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