The effects of an experimental sports drink (Q) were compared with a commercial sports drink (D) of proven ergogenic efficacy. Seven highly trained subjects performed two hours of cycle ergometry exercise at approximately 65% maximal aerobic power (VO2 max) while receiving levels of Q and D in quantities designed to supply approximately 28% of the total energy requirement of the exercise task. Both Q and D formulations were supplied at 15 minute intervals at 16 degrees C, in volumes required to provide equivalent carbohydrate loads from two products of differing concentrations and compositions. Q was equally as effective as D in terms of the maintenance of plasma glucose concentrations during exercise, while selected physiological indices of work performance favoured Q. However, the time course of plasma glucose concentration changes during and after exercise indicated a trend towards more rapid uptake and assimilation of carbohydrate in the case of Q. The findings suggest that Q may provide a more readily available carbohydrate source during exercise and may enhance work performance through its ergogenic properties.
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