Cycling + Medjool Dates

Natural Delights® is proud to fuel the cycling community at these world-renowned events.

What You Need to Know about On-Bike Nutrition

Our partnerships comes at a time when the cycling community at large is discussing how sugar and simple carbohydrates can play a role in recovery and avoiding the dreaded bonk. Candy, sodas and other low-nutrient foods high in processed sugar have recently dominated discussions in the cycling world about proper performance nutrition.

We’re here to talk about why Medjool dates are a healthy, all-natural sugar alternative to many of these commonly used products. Here are a few reasons why you should add Natural Delights® Medjool dates and our new Natural Delights® Energy Bars to your individualized cycling regimen.

Fuel Your Body Naturally

Every cyclist knows the key to success on the bike comes down to one thing: nutrition. Food is fuel, and it’s important you’re giving your body the right kind. Natural Delights® Medjool dates are an all-natural solution when powering your performance and optimizing your health.

On-Bike Energy

Packed with complex carbohydrates and 15% of your dietary fiber per serving, Natural Delights® Medjool dates provide healthy sustained energy without the sudden spike. When these natural carbohydrates are digested, they are converted into smaller glucose units. The natural dietary fiber slows the absorption of these glucose units into the bloodstream, creating a slow release of energy that will last throughout your ride.

Post-Race Recovery

All of those high-quality carbohydrates are perfect for post-ride recovery to replenish glycogen stores (the main fuel source in strenuous activities). 1 Each serving of Natural Delights® Medjool dates also has 280mg of potassium, which is 50 percent more potassium by weight than bananas. 2 Replenishing potassium levels which dropped during exercise prevents muscle cramps and regulates your heart rate. 3

  1. Glycogen Replenishment After Exhaustive Exercise. The Sport Journal. February 2008.
  2. USDA Nutrient Database
  3. Potassium. University of Maryland Medical Center. August 2015.

Which Natural Delights® Product is Right For You?

Natural Delights® Medjool dates and our new energy bars are truly great for pre-race fuel, mid-ride energy and post-race recovery. But we understand that all nutrition programs are unique depending on the type of training and riding you do.

Weekend Warriors and Enthusiasts

Natural Delights® Medjool dates are an easy choice for the weekend warrior. We recommend using our Medjool dates and energy bars as pre-ride fuel, on-bike energy and post ride muscle recovery.

Consumption Timing

  • Pre-Ride Nutrition
  • On-Bike Energy
  • Post-Ride Muscle Recovery

Elite Racers

Competitive cyclists are much more concerned about how much energy they divert to digestion mid race, and rightfully so. We recommend incorporating Natural Delights® Medjool dates in your regular carb-centric healthy diet and as a post-ride, natural muscle recovery snack.

Consumption Timing

  • Pre-Ride Nutrition
  • Post-Ride Muscle Recovery
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