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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.

Looking Ahead

The dual fat-burning effect alone has a far-reaching scope outside of sports performance. At Yale, Catherine Yeckel, Ph.D is using the product in her work with the aging and obese children population. University of Connecticut’s Jeff Volek, Ph.D, RD is similarly heading more research, but with diabetes, both athletes and non. “We have triathletes with Type-1 [diabetes] turning off their insulin pumps, exercising 2-4 hours on the product, with blood glucose level readings that are completely steady, almost as if they didn’t have diabetes,” explains Kaufman.

This ‘accidental art’ continues to reveal a potential to affect more markets; however, for the competitive athlete alone, it begs to question if we all shouldn’t think high molecular when it comes to our choice of carbohydrate consumption before a workout.

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For more from Competitor.com on the science of fueling, click here.

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About The Author:

Caitlin Chock set the then National High School 5k Record (15:52.88) in 2004. Still an avid runner, she works as a freelance writer and artist.

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