THE MIRACLES OF THE BANANA BEFORE CYCLING

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Who doesn’t miss going out cycling after days of isolation by COVID-19? Many of us who love cycling sure miss getting back on the road and certainly have our tricks up our sleeves for keeping the energy up, and one of our must-haves, the banana. Sit tight and I’ll tell you everything that bananas do for you. Long live the Banana!

Here are a couple of facts, so you know:

Don’t trust those diets that tell you not to eat bananas because of the amount of calories they contain, acknowledge that going out for a bike ride burns those calories, but the nutritional contribution that this fruit leaves you with is just phenomenal!

Going out for a bike ride and my best friend the banana.

Well, I’m going to tell you right now, bike fanatic, everything that bananas do for you when it comes to riding a bike:

How important a banana rich and balanced diet really is for cycling?

It is ideal for cyclists due to its high contribution of vitamins and minerals. Bananas are also rich in fiber, which slows down the sugar digestion and keeps you satisfied for longer.

How about your math skills? Let’s do it! if a banana has an average of 422 milligrams of potassium and the World Health Organization recommends that the daily intake of potassium be 3400 milligrams if you are a man over 19 years old, in other words, an adult. On the other hand if you are a woman 2600 milligrams, how many bananas would you have to eat per day to reach that intake?

You have it? very well, if you are a man, you would have to eat approximately eight bananas, if you are a woman, six will be enough. Well, the math was a joke, but we were going to give you the answer anyway.

In any case, we don’t think you’ll spend all day eating bananas like a monkey (no offense), but it’s a fact and it had to be said; your sources of potassium could come from lentils, beans, and even broccoli. You can check the official WHO website for more info.

Losing electrolytes? Get them back with bananas

When you go out cycling, take a banana, it is the best way to prevent cramps and dehydration since potassium is an electrolyte with vasodilatory actions, essential for good muscle irrigation.

When you do a physical activity, as intense as cycling, the body loses sodium, magnesium and potassium. Eating bananas helps you recover all these minerals and on top of that its recommended by none other than the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). 

You can also eat it before going out, there is no problem.

Remember that the banana is highly recommended before any training not only when you go cycling, sportsmen of other disciplines like Nadal, in tennis, find in the banana all the natural sugars and carbohydrates contribution to obtain energy. Already a fan of the banana, let us know what you think.

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