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M&M's candy - any benefits???(10 posts)

M&M's candy - any benefits???lott
Apr 23, 2002 2:17 PM
I rode a century about a month ago. Midway thru it, I ate a cup full of peanut M&M's. About 20 minutes later, I felt a "sugar" burst for about the next 30 minutes.

I told a co-worker about this and he swears there is no such thing as a "sugar" burst. It was other variables(mental especially) that caused my perceived reaction.

Are there any studies(other than kids terrorizing their parents) out there proving either way that the sugar in the M&M's can cause an "energy" burst???

Thanks, Larry
Nothing special about M&Ms, but there's research...retro
Apr 23, 2002 3:00 PM
...on the energy burst. It apparently exists, but it's not free. One report I saw (sorry, I forget where) said you get this slug of sugar in there, but when your body reacts with a burst of insulin, you wind up down further than you were before. Better to eat something a little less explosive, it said.
I can't vouch for any of this, by the way--I just remember reading it somewhere. But the same story said the sugar high kids are supposed to get if you let them eat all their Halloween candy at once doesn't really exists, so who knows?
thats truezeke
Apr 23, 2002 5:37 PM
thats true about the burst and you will pay at some point. in order to keep that burst continously throught a ride, one must eat m and ms or that type of sugar (sucrose) throught the ride. then, after the ride, one will crash, ie feel the results of the insulin rebound.

it may work for the ride, but if done ride after ride is harmful. more complex carbs eg fig newtons are recommended.
Last Summer....Lone Gunman
Apr 23, 2002 3:38 PM
I was out on Martha's Vineyard Island doing a ride, probably about a 40 miler or so. Temp was in the low 70's, humidity 90% or better. Anyway, hammering along and just sweating like no tomorrow, drank twice as much water halfway as I normally would on a ride and I am soaking wet, looked like I pissed myself. Started home at the turn around point and several miles up the road I bonked. Rubbery legs, shaky, felt horrible and I was lost to boot. Stopped, analized the situation and location, found a store and slugged down a 20oz coke, the biggest source of carb in a liquid form I could find. It kicked in a few miles down the road. I felt like I had never bonked at all.

With me there is something to the sugar rush. Old Euro coaches trick is to have diluted coke in the water bottles. It does give me a kick.
Last Summer....zeke
Apr 23, 2002 8:48 PM
yes, ive done the same with kitkat bars. as long as sugar is replenished before the ride is over, recovery is a snap.
well the green ones...heloise
Apr 24, 2002 6:14 AM
make you horny! (or so they say).

I wonder if the little bit of protein from the peanuts helped keep you from "crashing" too soon from the sugar?
Thats exactly why they were invented....longfellow68
Apr 24, 2002 7:18 AM
Its either WW1 or WW2, I forget which, that these things were issued to soldiers. They weren't called M&Ms back then, but thats how they started. They were made to give you an energy boost/burst.
Pre 1945 nutrition.
Heres the infolongfellow68
Apr 24, 2002 7:21 AM
Off of M&Ms website. Damn, I guess they were just desert and not an energy boost.. learn something new everyday.

Who would have guessed that the idea for "M&M's"® Plain Chocolate Candies was born in the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War? Legend has it that on a trip to Spain, Forrest Mars Sr. encountered soldiers who were eating pellets of chocolate that were encased in a hard sugary coating to prevent them from melting. Inspired by this idea, Mr. Mars went back to his kitchen and invented the recipe for "M&M's"® Plain Chocolate Candies.
First sold to the public in 1941, "M&M's"® Plain Chocolate Candies became a favorite of American GIs serving in World War II. Packaged in cardboard tubes, "M&M's"® Plain Chocolate Candies were sold to the military as a convenient snack that traveled well in any climate. By the late 1940's, they became widely available to the public, who gave them an excellent reception. In 1948, the packaging changed from a tube form to the characteristic brown pouch known today.
I believe that the chief benefitdjg
Apr 24, 2002 9:57 AM
is that they melt in your mouth, but not in your hands. Sorry.

So, peanut m&ms give you some easily (and quickly) digestible sugars, some fat, and some protein--it's a different ratio than you find in a balance bar (and maybe not ideally "balanced"), but the same basic stuff mostly. The quick burst was probably a combination of the sugars and the psychological boost that comes with tasty candy.
Less true of the peanut than the plain ...Humma Hah
Apr 24, 2002 1:57 PM
... Any sugary snack can cause that burst, just as energy gels do. And chocolate (not that there's really much of it in a "milk chocolate" like M&Ms) has certain drugs including caffine in it, a known perfomance-enhancer.

Peanuts are fat and protein. Consuming fat and protein with carbs (including sugars) moderates the burst of energy, and the following "low" (some people experience hypoglycemia after the sugar high).

However, just as important if not more so, you STOPPED. That rest allows your muscles to rebuild glycogen reserves, and otherwise rest.