Different types of carbohydrates consumed during exercise get metabolised at different rates. We now know that if we eat glucose with another form of carbohydrate, e.g., fructose, we can increase the absorption and therefore oxidation rates. Fructose uses another type of transporter (GLUT-5), therefore multiple transportable carbohydrates produce higher oxidation rates.
This means a more sustained supply of energy to the working muscles. Performance improvements have been found in cycling where a 90 g/hour glucose-fructose drink was consumed during a 5-hour ride compared to glucose alone, and other research shows exercise performance improvements for glucose-fructose solutions if the exercise is over 2 hours in duration and also in intermittent type activities.
Honey is primarily carbohydrates (~ 80%), mostly glucose (~ 30 – 35%) and fructose (~ 35 – 40%). Honey also contains vitamins, minerals, phenolic antioxidants, and in Mānuka honey, MGO - methylglyoxal. Flavonoids and phenolics have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, protect cardiovascular health, and promote healthy immune function. Mānuka honey contains unique components that other honey does not (MGO), which further increases its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is why Mānuka honey has been studied in detail for its medicinal properties.
Mānuka Honey has a low to moderate glycaemic index (GI). Low GI products typically produce a lowered insulin response and better blood glucose maintenance due to slower delivery of blood glucose. Honey is therefore a suitable energy source for athletes or exercising individuals. The natural ratio of glucose and fructose provide energy to working muscles during prolonged activity and also activity interspersed with high intensity efforts.
Mānuka honey products provide optimal dual carbohydrate energy along with its unique components. Our products can be used before / during and after exercise; due to its lower GI it will provide a more sustained release of glucose during the exercise session.