Many athletes often grab a quick snack or sugary drink to get an extra energy and performance boost during a race or game, but researchers have found that simply swishing a beverage in your mouth that contains carbohydrates triggers the same response. And athletes do not even have to swallow it in order to derive benefit. Asker Jeukendrup, an exercise physiologist at the University of Birmingham, and his team of researchers first set out to discover how and why carbohydrates worked to help athletes during short exercise sessions. After all, the body is unable to process carbohydrates fast enough to provide the quick boosts of energy that many athletes seem to get from consuming them. What the team came to realize is that the simple presence of carbohydrates in the mouth triggers a brain response that improves performance.
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