The real taste of victory

Rummer, Jodie L. (2009) The real taste of victory. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212 (15). iv-iv.

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[Extract] The 'taste of victory' is a phrase many associate with trained athletes preparing for intense competition. Indeed, Ed Chambers and colleagues at the University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University have started unravelling the physiology behind that phrase. When a cyclist swigs a sports drink prior to a race, we relate the energy boost to the sugary calories ingested. However, there may be more to this effect than the pure metabolic benefits of ingesting carbohydrates, as the benefits are lost if the carbohydrates are infused intravenously. Chambers' team hypothesized that because some taste receptors are connected to the brain region responsible for pleasure and reward, this boost phenomenon may start in the athlete's mouth. They wondered whether carbohydrates stimulate the brain so that it motivates the body to physiologically prepare to perform.

Item ID: 33090
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1477-9145
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 04:40
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