Almonds Help Pick Up The Pace

Almonds Help Pick Up The Pace With about a 1:1:2 ratio of protein to carbohydrates to fats, almonds are a nutrient-dense food that's probably best known as a popular choice for healthy snacking. Less well known are this tree nut's antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggests triathletes and other endurance sports competitors might have something to gain from daily use.

For 4 weeks, 8 male triathletes consumed 75 grams of almonds per day or a calorie-matched cookie. After being tested, they switched to the other food for another 4 weeks before a final series of tests. When powered by almonds, subjects were able to cycle 1.7 km further during a time trial while experiencing higher rates of carbohydrate oxidation and lower rates of oxygen consumption.

True Strength Moment: According to this research, daily consumption of almonds can have a positive impact on endurance performance. The 75 grams of whole almonds used in this study amounts to half a cup worth, or 4 ounces.
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