An alternative to sports drinks while exercising - maple syrup

When you are in a good sweat session at the gym, what drink are you reaching for to quench your thirst and help replenish your energy?

It's time to re-think going for sport drinks.
Research released at a global symposium showed that pure maple products can be an excellent source of energy during exercise.
Scientists from around the world at the Chemistry and Biological Effects of Maple Food products symposium in April 2019 shared preliminary research on maple products supporting a growing body of research on maple's potential positive impact on several health and disease-related issues.
At the symposium, a research team from the University of Montreal shared results from the first human clinical trial using maple products conducted on 76 recreationally and competitively active males, ages 18–45, examining the effect of maple syrup and maple water on exercise. 
In addition to the health benefits of physical activity, the study showed that maple products can be an excellent source of energy during prolonged exercise in human subjects compared to other commercially available sports drinks. 
Roch Fortin, owner of Maple Roch Pure Organic Maple Products in Summerland, B.C., said there is an easy-to-make alternative to the sugary sport drinks people often reach for after exercise. The recipe contains no artificial colours or flavours and no additives or preservatives. 
828 ml cold water
59 ml orange juice
.6ml salt
squeeze lime juice
Mix all ingredients together
Athletic Performance
The study from the University of Montreal, presented at the symposium, reported the effects of drinking beverages containing maple water or syrup on their capacity to provide energy during prolonged exercise. Results showed that maple water or syrup, with an equivalent carbohydrate content found in commercial sports drinks (60 g/L), can readily be used as a source of energy during endurance exercise. This was measured using isotopic labelling of the carbohydrates ingested combined with gas exchange and blood sampling during two hours of cycling immediately followed by a 20 kilometre time trial.
"Results showed maple syrup to have less of an acidic taste than a commercial sports drink, with a similar overall appreciation. Using a natural product that athletes enjoy and are inclined to drink more of during exercise can be key to maintaining fluid balance," said the study's lead investigator, Dr. Jonathan Tremblay, associate professor at the University of Montreal, School of Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
According to the findings, maple syrup contains mainly sucrose that is easily absorbed and made available to the muscles at work. Diluted pure maple syrup can, thus, provide a natural alternative in contributing to an increase in energy supply during exercise.
"Maple syrup beverages offer an excellent alternative to commercial beverages," concludes Dr. Jonathan Tremblay. 
Sports beverages made with pure maple syrup do not contain any processed sugars, are gluten-free, vegan and free of any colouring or additives.
For more information visit: Could Maple-Based Drinks Compete with Commercial Sports Drinks?