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Bee Pollen natures gu???(8 posts)

Bee Pollen natures gu???Joshua
Apr 2, 2002 5:45 PM
I was at a local produce market the other day and came across some Bee Pollen. What caught my eye is that they label it as the world only perfect food. It comes in a granulated form and each teaspoonful contains 22 grams of protein and 51.8 grams of carbs also vitamins E 46mg, B1 14.0mg, B2 11mg among several other amino acids. Is any body familiar with this stuff. It sounds pretty good to meand is only 12 dollars for 8 oz which is a good sized jar. Any thoughts on bee pollen?
(this is locally manufactured)
Raisins natures candy???Ahimsa
Apr 2, 2002 7:02 PM
Bee pollen, huh?

Bee pollen.

Hmmmmmm.

Bee pollen?

Why not try it for us and let us now, eh?

A.
Mrs. Butterworths ... your grocer's GuElefantino
Apr 2, 2002 8:07 PM
57 grams of carbs in a quarter cup, which works out to about 38 grams in a small-size refill bottle. And it costs about $4 for 24 ounces, under 17 cents an ounce.

I kid you not. The old lady has some serious kick. And the buttery flavor is great for sprints.

FWIW,
Mike
Does Mrs B fit in a bottle cage? (nm) ;->12x23
Apr 3, 2002 3:22 AM
re: Bee Pollen natures gu???firstrax
Apr 2, 2002 9:35 PM
I use honey, works for me. Here's the tip: Hudson news at the airports has little packets (like ketchup packets) of honey at the coffee condiments table.
re: Bee Pollen natures gu???harlett
Apr 2, 2002 9:55 PM
although a very limited amount of recent studies can be found proving some positive nutritional effects, it is rich in many vitamins, minerals and amino acids, studies have consistently proven that bee pollen has no ergogenic effects-- it does not enhance physiological responses to exercise or recovery--
recent research on alt. sports geltheBreeze
Apr 3, 2002 6:43 AM
From Strength and COnditioning Journal, Feb 2002, pp50-51.

Researchers at the Exercise and Sports Nutrition Lab at Univ of Memphis studied whether honey (in gel and powdered form) was as effective as commercial "gu's." They found that performance in a time trial was equivalent and that honey was as digestable and did not promote hypoglycemia as some anecdotal reports have claimed. I don't know what this means in terms of bee pollen, but honey is sure less expensive (and for my money, tastier) than gu.
recent research on alt. sports gelharlett
Apr 3, 2002 10:12 AM
there are some substantial differences between raw bee pollen and honey..however..

prof. richard kreider's study "effects of honey ingestion on endurance cycling performance" had a few problems-- the study had only nine cyclists riding 64 km each week for a three week period with each riders bicycle fitted to a computerized race simulator-- the cyclists received 15 grams of a honey mixture or a dextrose gel or a placebo along with 250 ml of water prior to and every 16 km during the each session--
those using the dextrose gels had the best times with honey coming in second-- the most obvious factor the study left out was the occurrence of diarrhea in the cyclists using the honey-- the study was also funded by the national honey board--

other studies:
('honey may have a laxative effect on normal subjects because of incomplete fructose absorption', ladas et al, american journal of clinical nutrition vol 62, pp1212-5) and (maughan & leiper, canadian journal of applied physiology 24: 173-87, 1999)
show the higher fructose levels in honey aren't all absorbed in the small intestine and are passed into the large intestine to be consumed by bacteria-- this is the cause of what runners who used honey call runners diarrhea-- using honey is also more water/honey ratio sensitive than dextrose gels-- taking in too little water with honey can cause your intestines to drag water from surrounding tissues which also causes diarrhea-- the ladas study above showed that when given a dose of 3 tablespoons of honey 65% of the subjects showed incomplete absorption and with people exercising after the dose 30% had loose stools-- the maughan study above summarizes the last 10 years of studies that show the problems with the digesting of fructose in the high concentrations found in honey--

what i see in the studies is that there are some problems with using honey as an endurance aid-- it may work in smaller doses for some but there are limits to the amount you can use and still have effective results-- just be careful to use it with enough water--