Bananas vs. sports drinks: what's better?(©neelsky shutterstock.com)

(Relaxnews) - When it comes to the optimal mid-workout energy boost, how do bananas measure up against sports performance drinks? A recent study shows that the humble yellow fruit holds its own, as long as you don't mind the bloat.

The study, which appeared earlier this month in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, pitted bananas against a typical 6 percent carbohydrate sports drink while 14 well-trained cyclists performed a 75-kilometer time trial.