NEW SPORTS STUDY IN U.S. SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL SHOWS NUTRITION BAR CONTAINING NEW CANADIAN SWEETENER, VITAFIBER AND WHEY PROTEIN, HELP STOP SUGAR SPIKES AND DIPS IN WORKOUTS
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS. A team of eleven researchers at a leading American university has concluded that a food bar containing a new Canadian sweetener called VitaFiber (a BioNeutra product) and whey protein helps gym enthusiasts engaged in a range of high-performance workout exercises.
The study, which was published in a peer reviewed sports nutrition journal and listed on the National Institutes of Health clinical trial website/clinicaltrials.gov, focused on nutritional sports bars - a major area of scientific and industry interest. The study’s purpose was to determine the glycemic and insulin reaction from eating the food bar compared to a standard dextrose preparation.
The researchers recruited 12 highly trained males with athletic backgrounds between the ages of 18-35 with a Body Mass Index less than 25kg/m2. As a condition for enrolment they had to bench press their body weight, barbell squat at least 1.5 times their body weight and be in sprint condition. All participants were former high school or college athletes.
The researchers found there was some evidence that the food bar with VitaFiber can positively help maintain workout performance and lessen the perceptions of muscle soreness. The study also demonstrated that the food bar did not result in high variability in glucose and insulin levels, so athletes did not experience peaks and valleys. A common complaint with some energy products used by gym goers is they provide a rush and then a crash. The researchers found that the food bar provided an even level of energy.
The pilot study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-019-0301-z) was an open label, randomized, counterbalanced crossover study. It followed a similar one conducted principally by the same researchers which laid the groundwork for the current trial. Its results were published in the Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
The research team was led by Professor Richard Kreider, the Director of the Exercise and Sport Nutrition lab at Texas A&M University. He was the principal investigator for both trials. Professor Kreider has authored five books and is a sports performance expert.
Note: VitaFiber was not involved in any aspect of the two trials from design to the publication of the results.