The annual Jetty2Jetty Fun Run in Redcliffe on Sunday 15 July will see hundreds of deliciously fresh home-grown bananas handed out to participants, to encourage them to ditch unhealthy food and drinks and go for natureâs energy snack instead.
As proud event sponsor, the Australian Bananas Industry will distribute the popular fruit to contestants at the halfway mark and once they cross the finish line to give runners a much needed muscle fuel top-up.
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Glenn Cardwell, said the brilliant banana is the perfect pick-me-up for runners of all skills and levels, and a great healthy snack alternative to highly-processed energy food and drinks.
âItâs a horrible feeling to experience a lack of energy during sport or exercise. Even if you are fit and healthy, poor food choice before a run can really slow you down, especially if you are running long distances like a half marathon. If you want the best performance, you have to use the best fuels,â he said.
âFoods that are high in carbohydrate and low in fat are perfect and crucial for topping up the natural energy used by muscles. Thatâs why bananas are great for active Aussies. Not only do they taste great, theyâre also nutritious and packed full of vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, potassium, fibre and antioxidants.
âThey give a sustained and substantial very best penis enlargement pills boost of energy and are an all-time favourite choice for long and short distance runners looking for a quick source of carbohydrate. The riper the banana, the quicker it is digested and converted to muscle fuel,â he said.
Banana lover and Queensland NRL star full-back, Billy Slater, said as ambassador, he is thrilled to be working with the banana industry to encourage people, young and old, to support local growers and munch on his all-time favourite fruit.
âUnlike all the processed snacks out there that give you a quick hit, the natural energy of bananas lasts and lasts. Thatâs why they are the perfect food to have before sport to give you constant energy while you compete.
âSo if you want to stay in your game, steer clear of the âno-nosâ and go for the âna-nasâ instead,â he said.
More than 90 per cent of local bananas are grown in Queensland, the majority in the high rainfall region in the far north. The industry is now centred around Innisfail and Tully in North Queensland.
Others are grown on the Atherton Tableland, northern New South Wales from around Coffs Harbour to the Tweed River and in south east Queensland as far north as Bundaberg. Small commercial plantations exist in Western Australia around Carnarvon, and close to the Ord River at Kununurra and near Darwin.