Nutritional Benefits Of Apples For Athletes

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Registered Dietitian Linda Quinn from the New York Apples Association discusses the benefits athletes receive from incorporating apples into their diet.

    Linda Quinn: Hi! I am registered dietitian and fitness instructor Linda Quinn with New York Apples. As more and more Americans become active in exercise, nutrition plays an important role, not only for good heath but as a fuel for an active lifestyle.

    Fruit like apples are great part of any diet. In fact, the New York City marathon has an official apple. The New York State McIntosh Apple because they are great power snack for runners.

    Apples are a perfect fuel for athletes in many ways. They provide high amounts of fluid essential during exercise to prevent dehydration and complex carbohydrates which are the fuel of the human muscle. In fact when participating in an endurance sport lasting 60 minutes or more, a carbohydrate rich drink or snack like apple cider or apples may help to maintain blood sugar levels to boost your stamina and enhance your performance.

    Apples contain the trace mineral boron which strengthens bones and protects against osteoporosis. They contain pectin, a reliable source of fiber. They can take the edge off hunger during and after your workout.

    All that in a simple little apple. So whether you're an athlete or just a weekend warrior remember to pack the perfect snack apples. An apple a day is the winning way.

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