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Cycling + Medjool Dates

Jul 28, 2021 | By: Natural Delights
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With the 2021 Tour de France just wrapping up, we're feeling inspired to hop on our bikes again and get our heart rates up with a little pedaling...even if the route through the neighborhood is a lot less thrilling than the French countryside.  And since we're in search of a little pre-and post-workout fuel to help give us some much needed willpower, we wanted to share a few of our tips to help you build a healthy cycling regimen that keeps you feeling motivated to move.

Carbohydrates are a great way to fuel a workout and even replenish your body afterward; however, you'll want to make sure you aren't doing so by consuming products high in processed sugar such as candy and sodas. Medjool dates serve as a healthy alternative to low-nutrient foods that are high in processed sugar since they are low-glycemic and help you avoid sugar crashes!

Here are a few reasons why you should add Natural Delights Medjool dates to your individualized cycling regimen.

1.  Fuel Your Body Naturally

Every cyclist knows the key to success on the bike comes down to one thing: nutrition. Food is fuel, and it’s important you’re giving your body the right kind. Natural Delights® Medjool dates are an all-natural solution when powering your performance and optimizing your health.

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2. On-Bike Energy

Packed with complex carbohydrates and 15% of your dietary fiber per serving, Natural Delights® Medjool dates provide healthy sustained energy without the sudden spike. When these natural carbohydrates are digested, they are converted into smaller glucose units. The natural dietary fiber slows the absorption of these glucose units into the bloodstream, creating a slow release of energy that will last throughout your ride.

 

3. Post Race RecoveryMedjool dates, blueberries and almonds-1

All of those high-quality carbohydrates are perfect for post-ride recovery to replenish glycogen stores (the main fuel source in strenuous activities).1 Each serving of Natural Delights® Medjool dates also has 280mg of potassium, which is 50 percent more potassium by weight than bananas.2 Replenishing potassium levels which drops during exercise prevents muscle cramps and regulates your heart rate.3

  1. Glycogen Replenishment After Exhaustive Exercise. The Sport Journal. February 2008. http://thesportjournal.org/article/glycogen-replenishment-after-exhaustive-exercise/
  2. USDA Nutrient Database
  3. Potassium. University of Maryland Medical Center. August 2015. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/potassium

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4. Extra benefits besides fueling and recovering from your ride

Dates are high in antioxidants, which prevent damage to the cells caused by free radicals, and also high in fiber. If you want to increase your fiber intake, Medjool dates are the perfect way to do so with almost 7 grams of fiber in each 3.5 oz serving (about 4 dates). Fiber can be beneficial to blood sugar control as it slows down the digestion process. Dates also have an abundance of vitamins and minerals in each serving. One serving of Medjool dates contains 20% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of copper, 14% of the RDI for magnesium, 12% of the RDI for VitaminB6, and 15% of the RDI for Manganese. These are just a few of the great health benefits that can come by incorporating Medjool Dates into your cycling regimen. 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-dates#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

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