before a triathlon, Lauren Goss is reaching for beet juice, a
popular companion on the endurance circuit.
gives you more endurance," Goss said.
Cording, a New York-based dietitian, said athletes like beet
juice because it’s rich in nitrates that can improve blood
flow, allowing the body to use oxygen more efficiently.
who swear by it feel it boosts performance and endurance and
improves tolerance of high-intensity exercise," she said.
Boulder, Colo.-based professional triathlete and spokeswoman
for the beverage Beet Performer, has been drinking beet juice
than consume it daily, she opts to down 8 ounces a day for the
10 days leading up to an event. The morning of the race —
maybe three hours before — she’ll drink another 8 ounces.
want to be able to feel the difference," she said.
she discovered Beet Performer, Goss would puree beets herself.
About three beets will deliver 8 ounces.
said she prefers the canned beverage, which "doesn’t
taste like soil."
she has noticed her results getting better, although the
average person’s regular workout might not be as dependent
on a 10-second improvement.
recommends giving beet juice a test run during training.
go try something new on race day," she said. "That’s
the worst thing you can do."
added a warning for people with a history of
oxalate-containing kidney stones: Beets are very high in
oxalate, she said.
said she was a beet fan before gravitating to the juice but
noted that not everyone might find it as easy as she did to
jump on the trend.
taste is strong," she said.