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Fruit vs Power Bar Question(7 posts)

Fruit vs Power Bar Questionastrobiker
Jan 19, 2003 6:03 PM
As I have shopped around for power bars, I have been reading a lot of labels to see calorie, fat, carb, other content. I have noticed that fruits like raisins, dates, and dried figs are almost pure carbs and zero fat, with a fair amount of potasium thrown in. Any reason not to just munch on them for on-bike fuel, instead of the commercial stuff? In particular I am looking to burn exisiting fat without replacing it, and it looks like the potasium is a good deal. I get my other electrolytes from sprots drink while riding.
re: Fruit vs Power Bar QuestionCFBlue
Jan 19, 2003 6:14 PM
Power bars (used as a generic term, not brand specific) are not a much better food than your basic candy bar, and the candy may have less artifical ingrediants or waste products for ingrediants. I personally don't consider either bars as edible. I take fruit and nuts, often almonds, and often dried fruits and sometime naturally prepared jerkey for my rides. I don't bonk, and my speed/distance has continued to improve.
Get some protein tooKerry
Jan 19, 2003 6:26 PM
The data says 20% of your on-bike calories from protein, so throw in some mixed nuts, light cheese, or lean meat (ham & cheese sandwiches are a longtime favorite with the pros). You'll get carbs from your sports drink as well (unless you're just drinking salt water). Dried fruit is a great source of carbs - just be sure to drink enough liquids to go with it.
Jan 19, 2003 7:06 PM
How well would couple of slices of ham hold up in your back pocket on a 85 mile ride? =) I agree that natural alternatives are better for you, but sometimes they just aren't real convienient. It's true that's what alot of pros do, but they have team cars etc that follow them. I can't remember the last time I had a car come up to me and give me a nice turkey and cheese sandwich.....
check .99$ menu in BK, Taco or McDcyclopathic
Jan 20, 2003 8:18 AM
unfortunately you can't trigger drive through sensor on Ti or carbon bike :-(
check .99$ menu in BK, Taco or McDlook271
Jan 20, 2003 12:49 PM
Fortunately, on one of the prime bike routes here, there is a little country store that serves up sandwiches and has a full compliment of sports drinks AND will fill your h20 bottle for free! Nice sized turkey or ham and cheese sandwich for less than $3. Nice people and a nice place to take a break =)
..I'd prefer a steak sandwich myself ;-) nmSpunout
Jan 20, 2003 4:18 AM