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The Effects of Ingestion of Sugarcane Juice on Athletes

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Who would have thought that Guandolo Soda pop is a multi-purpose beverage? The more we research about this amazing drink, more amazed we are with the refreshing flavor and Health Benefits.



In Recent blogs, we have talked about the many health benefits of Guandolo Soda Pop, made with Organic Dehydrated sugarcane juice(Panela) and Organic Lime in our factory in Queens, NY. In this blog, we would like to talk about the benefits for Athletes.

Since kids, we were exposed to several sports, from Soccer, cycling, tennis, Basketball, to swimming. We have played all these sports and always have used one of this three beverages to hydrate, Plain water(PW), Sports Drinks (SpD), aka Gatorade, and Sugarcane juice (ScJ). When you are a kid full of energy, it seems, that you never get tired, and you don't pay attention to hydration, or health benefits, all you want is to play. 



But when you start growing up, and choose a competitive sport, Soccer,  like in our case, I did, and you train hard and play hard, the need for hydration is real. 

I remember waking up to go to soccer practice my mom used to give me always Panela(Dehydrated Sugarcane Juice), in the morning as is very usual in Colombia, and I still remember feeling energized. I also remember that after practice, the available drinks were classic sodas, like coke, Pepsi, and Gatorade(SpD). We always preferred drinking Gatorade as kids because was publicized to us as healthy rehydration after sports activity.

Panela has always been treated as an indigenous drink, cheap drink because it lacks a nice packaging or promotion, but the many health benefits compared with SpD or PW are outstanding.

In a competitive sport, the margin between victory and defeat is small. This small difference might sway the result. 



Fifteen healthy male Indian athletes in the age range of 18-25 years participated in a study approved by Sports Authority of India Research committee.

Athletes (18-25 yrs) were asked to cycle until volitional exhaustion at 70% VO2 max on three different trials viz. plain water (PW), sports drink (SpD) and Sugarcane juice (ScJ). In each trial, 3ml/kg/BW of 6 % of carbohydrate (CHO) fluid was given at every 20 min interval of exercise and a blood sample was taken to measure the hematological parameters. Trials with SpD and ScJ recorded significantly higher (P<0.05) blood glucose levels when compared with water(PW). Sugarcane juice recorded significantly higher blood glucose levels than the sports drink trials. The mean peak blood lactate had no significant difference between the three trials

ScJ may be equally effective as SpD and PW during exercise in a comfortable environment (<30°C) and as effective a rehydration drink as SpD and PW.

The time to exhaustion showed no significant difference between three trials viz; SpD, ScJ, and PW, but the mean values showed that the subjects performed the exercise for a longer time with SpD and ScJ than PW. The primary reason for the difference in cycling time was due to the presence of CHO and electrolyte sources in SpD & ScJ which were able to maintain blood glucose at a higher level for oxidation by muscle thus sparing the muscle glycogen stores.

The post exercise blood glucose levels of the subjects in all the three trials increased significantly with the recovery time (P<0.05) and showed a significant difference (P<0.05) between the three trials. Sugarcane juice recorded significantly higher blood glucose levels than the sports drink trials. 




ScJ may be equally effective as SpD and PW during exercise in a comfortable environment (<30°C) and a more effective rehydration drink than SpD and PW in post exercise as it enhances muscle glycogen resynthesis.

Athletes may improve their exercise performance with consumption of CHO fluids during exercise for the winning edge.



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