Sports supplement for the frugal jock

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    May 17, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    I thought that some of you financially challenged guys may find this interesting.

    The following was taken from a University of Texas news release

    Our goal was to compare whole grain cereal plus milk--which are ordinary foods--and sports drinks, after moderate exercise," said Kammer. "We wanted to understand their relative effects on glycogen repletion and muscle protein synthesis for the average individual. We found that glycogen repletion, or the replenishment of immediate muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better."

    "Cereal and non-fat milk are a less expensive option than sports drinks. 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."

    The researchers concluded that, for amateur athletes and moderately physically active individuals who are trying to keep in shape, popping into the kitchen for a quick bowl of whole-grain cereal with a splash of skimmed milk may be a smarter move than investing in a high-priced sports drink.

    I don't know what this means but General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, paid for the studyicon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    May 17, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    Hmmm this is very interesting but one must question the validity because of the source of the study.

    May we have some opinions and facts from the much informed and educated guys here on RJ?

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    May 17, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    Lots of adults, like me, have real problems digesting milk.

    Post workout, fast carbs are just what the doctor order to carb back up.

    We'll use candy, juice, plain old brown sugar to do the carb load post workout.

    I suspect General Mills had a very narrow scope for their study slanted in such a way as to promote their product.

    That being said, things like corn starch are VERY cheap, and work as effectively, or more effectively than some of the crap at the store.

    Bottom line is EAT.

    Just as buying designer clothes is idiotic, the same thing goes for some "supplements". Need 40 grams of complete protein? Get a can of tuna.

    Over the counter stuff definitely has a place in ADDITION TO but not in place of lots of quality food.
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    May 17, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    I haven't really looked at this in any kind of depth, so I won't make any specific conclusions. But generally, the results of one study don't have much impact; it is only after similar results are found in many replications of the study that strong conclusions should be drawn.

    But, as I said, I haven't reviewed any other studies; perhaps there are a number of other studies conducted that have found similar results, in which case the results of the conclusion could be applicable to the general population.
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    May 18, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    most mornings I mix oatmeal with nonfat dry milk in a bowl,
    and pour boiling water on it.

    Then I set a plate on top of it to keep heat/steam in.
    I usually put a boiled egg on the plate

    In the time it takes me to get dressed the oatmeal is ready to eat, then the egg.
    I often put some raisins of even chopped dried apples in the oatmeal too.
    Dried cranberries seemed like a good idea but they have a lot of added sugar.
    When they are in season I'll buy fresh and dehydrate them myself in a food dehydrator .
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    Jun 05, 2009 1:06 PM GMT
    The following concerns chocolate milk not cereal

    Researchers found that cyclists who drank chocolate milk at the break were able to continue cycling about 50 percent longer than those who drank Endurox R4 and about equally as long as those who drank Gatorade. The study, whose conclusions are disputed by the makers of Gatorade, and Endurox R4, was funded in part by the dairy industry...This study was from 2006 and done by the University of Indiana in Bloomington

    There is a newer study now done on soccer players that milk drinkers had lower levels or creatinine kinase (indicator of muscle damage) when they drank milk as compared to when they drank the a carb sport drink

    You have to consider the possibility of bias because the milk industry sponsored both studies

    I'm aware that lactose intolerance may not make this an option