The Science Behind High Molecular Carbohydrates

  • By Caitlin Chock
  • Published Apr. 6, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM UTC
Elite athletes such as Meb Keflezighi have been realizing the benefits of high molecular carbohydrates for a few years now.

Taking The Pancreas Out Of The Equation

Being metabolized differently than any other sugar, this Superstarch is broken down in the intestines rather than the stomach due to its high molecular weight. It also negates insulin being produced and released by the pancreas, meaning there is no sudden spiking and dropping of insulin levels, which athletes feel as a burst of energy quickly trailed by a crash.

Another benefit of insulin not being released is that the body is triggered into burning fat stores already present for energy rather than first breaking down and metabolizing the newly ingested sugars. Even a 180-lb male athlete with a mere 3% body fat carries 22,000 calories worth of energy; that alone could carry one through even an intense, prolonged workout or race such as a marathon.

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