Dried grapes as good as energy bars

Raisins can help power the body when exercising just as well as expensive sports nutrient bars, a study suggests.

The dried grapes give athletes all they need during vigorous exercise, the Daily Mail reported quoting a study by researchers at the University of California-Davis.

The research team studied people running three miles, giving them either raisins, supplement bars or simply water.

Runners who ate raisins or bars ran the distance a minute faster on average than those who had only water.

The results are published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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