29 Jun '12, 6pm

Want to improve your 5K time by 5%? This superfood could help you do it: #runningtips

Want to improve your 5K time by 5%? This superfood could help you do it: #runningtips

By Meghan G. Loftus We've written before about the potentially positive effects of drinking beet juice , but a new study has found that eating baked beets—which are arguably more palatable than beet juice—also leads to measurable performance improvements. In the study, researchers had 11 subjects complete two 5-K time trials on treadmills. Before one, they ate baked beets, and before the other, they ate an equal amount of calories in cranberry relish. Speeds were consistent for the first portions of both time trials, but subjects tended to speed up during the last 1.1 miles of the workout after eating beets, resulting in a faster overall time—five percent faster, on average. They also reported less perceived exertion after the beet-eating trial. If this knowledge makes you want to work more beets into your diet, here's a beet-salad recipe you can try, plus 66 other options...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/06/29/study-beets-boost...

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