Sugars, Liver, & Intense Excercise
Another interesting health article in the New York Times this week. New research may suggest that “people who regularly work out don’t need to worry about consuming fructose or other sugars. In certain circumstances, they may even find the sweet stuff beneficial.” Here’s why.
Your liver stores glycogen (energy), which is depleted during long, intense workouts (this is why people start to “fade” during intense workouts). If you want to replenish your energy, researchers have concluded that fructose-sweetened drinks are twice as effective as glucose-sweetened drinks in stimulating the liver to recover. Now this isn’t a green light to sugar load, but it is interesting for marathoners and people who perform very intense workouts.