LONDON: Science in Sport plc (AIM: SIS), the premium performance nutrition company serving elite athletes, sports enthusiasts, and the active lifestyle community, announced the publication of a breakthrough peer review scientific study.
The Company’s SiS Beta Fuel range of carbohydrate products underwent a performance trial with elite athletes in 2021. The findings from the study have been peer reviewed by scientists and a paper is to be published in the leading Journal of Applied Physiology.
This study set out to test carbohydrate oxidation, gastrointestinal discomfort, and exercise capacity when taking on carbohydrates in drink, gel and chew formats. Researchers tested a feeding strategy where athletes consumed 120 grams of carbohydrate per hour, significantly higher than the current recommended intake of 90 grams per hour.
The result of the study shows that athletes can tolerate 120 grams of carbohydrate per hour to promote high carbohydrate availability during exercise. When measuring the amount of carbohydrate consumed that was being used for energy, the athletes in the study were using over 1.5 grams of carbohydrate per minute. Even after three hours of sustained effort, 50% of energy used was from Science in Sport Beta Fuel, with no cross-over from carbohydrate to fat usage taking place. Importantly, all of the athletes tested reported no stomach upset, and individuals displayed some of the highest rates of carbohydrate oxidation ever reported in scientific literature.
Stephen Moon, CEO of Science in Sport PLC, said: “This study changes everything we thought we knew about high carbohydrate and endurance nutrition and how to fuel winning performances. Born out of elite need, Science in Sport has delivered a superior product with world-leading science. This completely changes the game for performance potential in endurance sport and redefines limits in an unprecedented way. We are already seeing widespread usage within the elite teams we serve on a global basis. It is a resounding endorsement of our elite-led science-driven strategy.”