Carbohydrate and exercise performance: The role of multiple transportable carbohydrates

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK.
Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care 07/2010; 13(4):452-7. DOI: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328339de9f
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Carbohydrate feeding has been shown to be ergogenic, but recently substantial advances have been made in optimizing the guidelines for carbohydrate intake during prolonged exercise.
It was found that limitations to carbohydrate oxidation were in the absorptive process most likely because of a saturation of carbohydrate transporters. By using a combination of carbohydrates that use different intestinal transporters for absorption it was shown that carbohydrate delivery and oxidation could be increased. Studies demonstrated increases in exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rates of up to 65% of glucose: fructose compared with glucose only. Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rates reach values of 1.75 g/min whereas previously it was thought that 1 g/min was the absolute maximum. The increased carbohydrate oxidation with multiple transportable carbohydrates was accompanied by increased fluid delivery and improved oxidation efficiency, and thus the likelihood of gastrointestinal distress may be diminished. Studies also demonstrated reduced fatigue and improved exercise performance with multiple transportable carbohydrates compared with a single carbohydrate.
Multiple transportable carbohydrates, ingested at high rates, can be beneficial during endurance sports in which the duration of exercise is 3 h or more.

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    • "However, there are surprisingly few studies to base recommendations on. Furthermore, it is now also recommended that carbohydrates should be advised in absolute amounts as no correlation was seen between body mass and exogenous carbohydrate oxidation (Jeukendrup 2010). "
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    Arbeitsphysiologie 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00421-015-3251-4 · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    • "Although the exact mechanisms are still not completely understood, it has been known for some time that carbohydrate ingestion during exercise can increase exercise capacity and improve exercise performance (for reviews see Jeukendrup [12, 15]). In general, during exercise longer than 2 h, carbohydrate feeding will prevent hypoglycemia, will maintain high rates of carbohydrate oxidation, and increase endurance capacity compared with placebo ingestion. "
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    • "Particularly, the mixture glucose–fructose, namely the one with a 1:1 ratio, seems to produce one of the highest exogenous carbohydrate absorption rates (Jeukendrup, 2010). Therefore, ingesting a mixture of glucose and fructose seems to provide an optimal balance of dietary CHO for both muscle (Wallis et al., 2008) and liver (Casey et al., 2000) glycogen re-synthesis. "
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