Every month, Pearle Nerenberg independently tests products and reports back on their utility for athletes. This month: Beet-It Sport Bars
Why beets have been in the spotlight as a superfood and a super supplement?
Beets contain a high concentration of a substance known as nitrate. Nitrates got a bad reputation for being a component in cured meats, however, the reality is people get much more nitrate by eating a healthy diet filled with vegetables than they do eating cured meats. Nitrate can be converted to nitrite in your mouth and eventually to nitric oxide. It is nitric oxide that is thought to have great results for athletes. In fact, some research has convincing results surrounding the impact of nitric oxide on sports performance.
Do not chew gum, brush your teeth, or swig mouthwash prior to eating nitrate rich foods like the beet-it bars. If you don’t displace them, the friendly bacteria in your mouth will help turn the nitrate in your food into the performance enhancing nitric oxide. Go team microbiome! For more information on the microbiome read the article “The Microbiome of a Hockey Player.”
Company website: www.beet-it.ca
Cost: $2-$3 per bar
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Disclaimer: Pearle reviews products for the benefit of her hockey playing community. She never accepts endorsements from supplement companies. The company is notified of Pearle’s product review after her review has been published.