Is Fruit a Sufficient Pre-Workout Snack?

Fruit is good for you, yes. And because fruit is quick to digest and can be eaten on the go, it's a great pre-workout snack.

However, some options are better than others. Rich in vitamins and nutrients, the best pre-workout fruits provide you with energy and blood regulation. And because fruit is quick to digest and can be eaten on the go, it's a great pre-workout snack.

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Why Have a Pre-Workout Snack?

Pre-workout snacks serve a number of purposes:

  • Prevents hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which can cause symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness and general fatigue—all of which can make even the easiest run unpleasant.
  • Absorbs some acid, which helps settle your stomach while curbing hunger.
  • Allows you to top off your muscle glycogen stores and also contribute direct fuel for your working muscles.

The time frame between snacking and working out is a matter of personal experimentation. A general rule of thumb: the closer to the workout you are, the smaller and simpler your snack should be.

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Why Choose Fruit?

Fruits are considered simple carbohydrates, meaning they provide fuel to muscles faster than slower-digesting complex carbohydrates like whole grain breads and pasta. Carbohydrates are the major fuel source for muscles, making fruit an excellent pre-workout snack.

Still, the fiber in fruit slows digestion enough that you don't experience a sugar spike followed by a crash. Fruit juices and dried fruits are much more concentrated sources of calories and carbohydrates and may lead to blood sugar spikes if not consumed with complex carbohydrates or a protein source.

Many fruits have high water content as well, which means they can help meet your workout hydration needs. Here are some of the best fruits to choose from.

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