Abstract Kirwan, John P., Donal O’Gorman, and William J. Evans. A moderate glycemic meal before endurance exercise can enhance performance. J. Appl. Physiol. 84(1): 53–59, 1998.—The purpose of this study was to determine whether presweetened breakfast cereals with various fiber contents and a moderate glycemic index optimize glucose availability and improve endurance exercise performance. Six recreationally active women ate 75 g of available carbohydrate in the form of breakfast cereals: sweetened whole-grain rolled oats (SRO, 7 g of dietary fiber) or sweetened whole-oat flour (SOF, 3 g of dietary fiber) and 300 ml of water or water alone (Con). The meals were provided 45 min before semirecumbent cycle ergometer exercise to exhaustion at 60% of peak O 2 consumption (V˙ o 2 peak ). Diet and physical activity were controlled by having the subjects reside in the General Clinical Research Center for 2 days before each trial. Blood samples were drawn from an antecubital vein for glucose, free fatty acid (FFA), glycerol, insulin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine determination. Breath samples were obtained at 15-min intervals after meal ingestion and at 30-min intervals during exercise. Muscle glycogen concentration was determined from biopsies taken from the vastus lateralis muscle before the meal and immediately after exercise. Plasma FFA concentrations were lower ( P < 0.05) during the SRO and SOF trials for the first 60 and 90 min of exercise, respectively, than during the Con trial. Respiratory exchange ratios were higher ( P < 0.05) at 90 and 120 min of exercise for the SRO and SOF trials, respectively, than for the Con trial. At exhaustion, glucose, insulin, FFA, glycerol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine concentrations, respiratory exchange ratio, and muscle glycogen use in the vastus lateralis muscle were similar for all trials. Exercise time to exhaustion was 16% longer ( P < 0.05) during the SRO than during the Con trial: 266.5 ± 13 and 225.1 ± 8 min, respectively. There was no difference in exercise time for the SOF (250.8 ± 12) and Con trials. We conclude that eating a meal with a high dietary fiber content and moderate glycemic index 45 min before prolonged moderately intense exercise significantly enhances exercise capacity. glucose glycogen soluble fiber glycemic index exhaustion Footnotes Address for reprint requests: J. P. Kirwan, Noll Physiological Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. This research was supported by a gift from Quaker Oats and by Grants 5-R29-AG-12834–01 (to J. P. Kirwan) and 1-RO1-AG-11811–03 (to W. J. Evans) and General Clinical Research Center Grant 5-MO1-RR10732–02 from the National Institutes of Health. Copyright © 1998 the American Physiological Society
Journal of Applied Physiology – The American Physiological Society
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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