It is not a secret that bananas are good for the body. We know that it lower your blood level, helps prevent against strokes and heart attacks, is good for allergies, arthritis, blurred vision, colic in infants, constipation, even stress; and the list goes on and on. However, studies are now showing that it is a much healthier substitute to drinking Gatorade while exercising.
A recent study recruited 14 trained cyclists to consume either bananas or Gatorade during 75km of high-exertion time trialing to see how each carbohydrate and nutrient source affected performance and recovery. They found no difference in performance, but they did find a big difference in their nutritional value.
According to Gatorade, a 32oz. serving of the Original G contains 440mg of sodium, 120mg of potassium, and 56 grams of carbs.
Now according to Nutrition Data, one cup of mashed raw banana offers 51 grams of carbs, 806mg of potassium, only 2.3mg of sodium; plus it has magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B6 and vitamin C.
Not sure about you, but I think I will give bananas a try before I open up my next sodium-filled Gatorade drink.
If you want to avoid the sodium all together, try our Potassium 99 mg caplet
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