4. Bananas Give You Energy?
Jamaican Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake reportedly eats 16 bananas a day.
Champion tennis players Roger Federer, Novac Djokovic, and Maria Sharapova have also been snapped munching on bananas courtside. So why do so many athletes reach for this superfood ?
It seems they know bananas give you energy, the right way. Every banana contains three different kinds of sugar. Glucose and fructose are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, so they’ll give you an energy boost fast.
Sucrose acts more slowly, so it keeps your blood sugar level stable and ensures you don’t suffer the crash that comes with other sweet treats like candy and soda.
Studies back up the science too. The Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab recently found that eating half a banana every 15 minutes during a cycling time trial test aided performance just as much as drinking a sports energy drink at the same intervals.