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THIS ONE'S FOR RUNNERS; Big potatoes help runners smash records.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Researchers at the University of Bath have found that consuming 60g of carbohydrates hour during exercise prevents a fall in body energy stores.

Eating the equivalent or a big potato per hour during a race could help runners to reach the finish line faster and avoid "hitting the wall".

They recommend fuelling up on carbohydrates such as potatoes, rice, pasta and fruit on the day before a race and urge runners to take on carbohydrates during exercise to prevent a decline in liver glycogen, which helps to maintain blood sugar control and delay fatigue.

The study found that even when people were full to start with, their glycogen stores diminished more quickly at race pace than at a slow jog.

This is particularly true for events lasting between 90 minutes to two hours, such as a half marathon.

When glycogen stores in the liver are critically low, blood sugar levels drop and a runner's pace slows.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2017
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