The ultimate running fuel, honey’s natural unrefined sugars are easily absorbed by the body. These simple carbohydrates are a great source of energy and its all natural!
Honey and standard energy drinks and gels offer the same amounts of carbohydrates, but energy drinks and gels can contain artificial preservatives, colorings and sweeteners. Around 70% of honey’s sugar content is made up of fructose and glucose, and it’s the balance of these two sugars that determines whether a honey is clear or set.
It’s easy to use honey as a source of energy for long-distance events – you can treat it just the same as any other carbohydrate gel, as honey takes a similar time to get from mouth to muscle – around 15 minutes. To maintain the body’s glycogen stores in endurance events, most runners require 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour. A tablespoon of honey contains 17g of carbohydrate – so two to three tablespoons every hour should keep your glycogen stores topped up.
Here is a recipe for the ultimate energy “BOMB”!
Mash half a banana with 3-4 teaspoons of honey & spoon into a small sandwich bag. Tie the bag with a knot, pushing the mixture into a corner. When you are ready for the boost, just bite the corner to pierce, then squeeze out. Make enough “Bombs” for 1 every 45-60 minutes.