Is honey an alternative to energy drinks? Oregon runners find out!
The excitement continued through the Portland area on the #ShareSweetness tour! The 36th annual Hood to Coast Relay race was in full swing when we found them blazing trails downtown. The runners had completed about one third of their 199-mile relay which spans from Mount Hood to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.
The sun began to set, and participants were in for a long night of running. Our worker bees went into full cheerleader mode and pumped up the crowd with encouraging words and—you guessed it—HONEY! We explained to the runners that honey is a natural energy booster and is a fantastic alternative to processed energy drinks and bars. Kansas City Royals sports dietitian Mitzi Dulan explains it best, “Honey is composed of a unique carbohydrate composition of natural sugars and trace amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, making it a smart, natural energy-filled afternoon snack. In fact, for years, sports dietitians have recommended that athletes include pure honey into their pre-exercise meal or snack for that very reason.”
Our team loved the opportunity to share what we know about the benefits of honey for athletes. Stay tuned for more sweet tips along our #ShareSweetness tour!
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