Are bananas good for cyclists?

This question is about Nutrition and Cycling

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Freelance Writer

Yes, bananas are great fuel for cyclists. Many athletes eat bananas before or during a ride because they contain natural sugars (carbs) for energy but aren’t too harsh on your stomach. Plus, research suggests that bananas contain unique compounds that may improve

cycling performance


One medium banana has 422 milligrams of potassium, an electrolyte that helps with muscle contraction, nerve function, heart rate, and fluid balance, and is lost through sweat. Moderate to intense workouts can affect cellular potassium balance, so athletes are encouraged to eat potassium-rich foods like bananas



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