Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's Gotta be the Gum

According to this podcast of RadioLab (Listen to the one called "Limits") tasting without swallowing sugar during an endurance based athletic event can dramatically improve performance by convincing the body's governor that there is no need to keep a large fuel reserve because more fuel is on the way. Thus the body burns deeper into reserve before feeling fatigued or giving out.

Might Michael Jordan's gum (Doublemint) have provided him an (up until recently) unknown advantage and take some credit for his fourth quarter heroics?

No comments:

Post a Comment