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Research Article

Bananas as an Energy Source during Exercise: A Metabolomics Approach

  • David C. Nieman mail,

    niemandc@appstate.edu

    Affiliation: Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Nicholas D. Gillitt,

    Affiliation: Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Dru A. Henson,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Wei Sha,

    Affiliation: Bioinformatics Services Division, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • R. Andrew Shanely,

    Affiliation: Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Amy M. Knab,

    Affiliation: Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Lynn Cialdella-Kam,

    Affiliation: Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Fuxia Jin

    Affiliation: Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: May 17, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037479

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No mention of water consumption

Posted by fletchergarner on 17 Jul 2012 at 13:23 GMT

I'm surprised there is no mention of the water consumption for the participants that ate bananas during their test. No way performance could be the same from eating only bananas without water. Sure it seems obvious that they drank water, but was it equvialent to the 'gatorade' performance test?

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RE: No mention of water consumption

niemandc replied to fletchergarner on 17 Jul 2012 at 18:37 GMT

Yes, the subjects drank water with the bananas (see methods section). Water intake during the banana trial equaled what was consumed during the sports drink trial, with the water content of the banana used in the calculations.

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