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In a new study sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) that was recently published in The Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at the University of Illinois reported that, “Potatoes are a promising alternative for athletes because they represent a cost effective, nutrient dense and whole food source of carbohydrates.” This was a proof-of-concept, randomized-crossover trial done in 12 trained cyclists (nine males; three females). Study participants were fed one of three test meals on three separate cycling days consisting of either 15 g of baked russet potato flesh purée (128.5 g per bolus), a commercial carbohydrate gel (23 g per bolus) or water every 15 minutes during prolonged exercise (>~2 hrs). While these results indicate a positive benefit, findings are not conclusive and should not be generalized to different populations, including by sport or training level.
The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is also true about nutrition facts comparisons! This “Spud-tacular” graphic illustrates that the nutrition of a serving of sweet potatoes and white potatoes is more similar than you may think! This resource is perfect when addressing questions about sweet potatoes and white potatoes and to use when you’re recommending spuds to your athletes. This graphic illustrates that with key nutrients that fuel performance, like vitamin C and potassium, potatoes of all varieties and colors have a place on the plate!
Potatoes are the Official Performance Vegetable of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
As the official performance vegetable of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, athletes and consumers alike are learning the performance benefits of potatoes. Potatoes will be sampled at the Potatoes Fuel Performance booth at the pre-race expo and on course at four of the series largest races: Las Vegas, San DC, Nashville and San Diego.