Newsletter 44 | An Update on Beets

The Beauty of a Blog

One of the things I love most about the blog format is the ability to update articles on our website as new research emerges (or as we become aware of previous research we’ve missed).

I’ve done this several times this past year making edits to our articles on caffeinecarb fueling, and VO2max.  If you’re curious how our articles have changed over time you can always scroll to the bottom and see the edit history above the references section.

Chances are if new research has emerged since we published a post, we’ve revised our article or are in the process of doing so.  Our goal is to make sure any topic we cover on our site always reflects the most current science.

Beet Juice

Our most recent article to get an update covers beet juice.  When our post was first published there wasn’t a lot of information available on nitrate content found in beet juice products.  Thankfully, just last month researchers set out to determine the nitrate content of 24 of the most popular beet juice products on the market.

Unsurprisingly the majority of those products didn’t contain enough nitrate to meet the minimal effective dose needed to boost performance.

In short, if you’re following the recommended servings on any of those products, you might be wasting your money by not consuming enough nitrate to have a meaningful impact on your cycling.

Head over to our post to check out the list of beet products researchers examined and to determine whether or not a product you might be using is living up to its performance boosting claims.

Nate Dunn
Founder/Head Coach
Data Driven Athlete