Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What To Eat WHEN you need long-burning energy

 ONE WORD: OATMEAL. Let's say you're about to go one-on-one with that aerobics instructor you met at the Piggly Wiggly. You need staying power. What will deliver it best? Oatmeal, say researchers at Penn State University. In an experiment, 18 students ate equal-calorie amounts of oatmeal, ready-to-eat oat rings or ready-to-eat rice cereal. Then they cycled to exhaustion on stationary bikes.

What To Eat WHEN you need long-burning energy
It turned out that the students who ate oatmeal kept going the longest — five hours, compared with four hours for those fueled with the other foods. Because oatmeal is the highest in soluble fiber of the group of three foods, its energy is more slowly delivered into your body. You avoid a spike and dip in blood sugar that makes you feel weak, says William Evans, Ph.D., who heads Penn State's renowned Noll Physiological Research Center. Other soluble fiber—rich foods, such as lentil—barley soup and beans, should have the same energizing effect. Evans recommends eating them 45 to 90 min-utes before you exercise, to give your body time to absorb the slow-release energy.
All right, so you think oatmeal tastes bland and is a pain in the butt to prepare? Well, check out Fantastic Foods' great-tasting new low-fat hot cereal line that comes in single-serving cups. Just add water and a microwave oven. Flavors: Mellow Mango with Oat Bran, Maple Raisin Three Grain, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Cranberry Orange Oatmeal, and Banana Nut Barley. At 210 calories or less, they give you 3 to 5 grams of fiber, with no more than 3 grams of fat.

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