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Cycling + Medjool Dates

Natural Delights® is proud to fuel the cycling community at these world-renowned events.

What You Need to Know about Cycling Nutrition

Our partnerships comes at a time when the cycling community at large is discussing how sugar and simple carbohydrates can play a role in recovery and avoiding physical exhaustion. Candy, soda pop and other low-nutrient foods high in processed sugar have recently dominated discussions in the cycling world about proper performance nutrition.

We’re here to talk about why Medjool dates are a healthy, all-natural sugar alternative to many of these commonly used products. Here are a few reasons why you should add Natural Delights® Medjool dates and our new Natural Delights® Energy Bars to your individualized cycling regime.

Fuel Your Body Naturally

Every cyclist knows the key to success on the bike comes down to one thing: nutrition. Food is fuel, and it’s important to give your body the right kind. Natural Delights® Medjool dates are an all-natural solution when powering your performance and optimizing your health. Nutritious, portable and completely delicious, Natural Delights® Medjool dates are a sustainably grown whole fresh fruit that are certified Heart-Healthy by the American Heart Association®, low on the glycemic index, Non-GMO Project Verified, pesticide-free and additive-free.

On-Bike Energy

Packed with complex carbohydrates and 15% of your dietary fibre per serving, Natural Delights® Medjool dates provide healthy sustained energy without the sudden spike. When these natural carbohydrates are digested, they are converted into smaller glucose units. The natural dietary fibre slows the absorption of these glucose units into the bloodstream, creating a slow release of energy that will last throughout your ride.

Post-Race Recovery

Plus, all of those high-quality carbohydrates are perfect for post-ride recovery to replenish glycogen stores (the main fuel source in strenuous activities). 1 Each serving of Natural Delights® Medjool dates contains 280 mg of potassium, which is 50 per cent more potassium by weight than bananas. 2 Replenishing potassium levels which will have dropped during exercise prevents muscle cramps and regulates your heart rate. 3

  1. Glycogen Replenishment After Exhaustive Exercise. The Sport Journal. February 2008. http://thesportjournal.org/article/glycogen-replenishment-after-exhaustive-exercise/
  2. USDA Nutrient Database
  3. Potassium. University of Maryland Medical Center. August 2015. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/potassium

Which Natural Delights® Product is Right For You?

Natural Delights® Medjool dates and our new energy bars are truly great for pre-race fuel, mid-ride energy and post-race recovery. But we understand that all nutrition programs are unique, depending on the type of training and riding you do.

Weekend Warriors and Enthusiasts

Natural Delights® Medjool dates are an easy choice for the weekend warrior. We recommend using our Medjool dates and energy bars as pre-ride fuel, on-bike energy and post ride muscle recovery.

Consumption Timing

  • Pre-Ride Nutrition
  • On-Bike Energy
  • Post-Ride Muscle Recovery

Elite Racers

Competitive cyclists are much more concerned about how much energy they divert to digestion mid race, and rightfully so. We recommend incorporating Natural Delights® Medjool dates into your regular carb-centric healthy diet and as a post-ride, natural muscle recovery snack.

Consumption Timing

  • Pre-Ride Nutrition
  • Post-Ride Muscle Recovery
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