In fact, neither researcher regularly uses energy drinks or energy bars. They just drink water, and eat real food. Dr. Tarnopolsky drinks fruit juice; Dr. Phillips eats fruit. And neither one feels a need to ingest a special combination of protein and carbohydrates within a short window of time, a few hours after exercising.
There are grains of truth to the nutrition advice, they and other experts say. But, as so often happens in sports, those grains of truth have been expanded into dictums and have formed the basis for an entire industry in “recovery” products.
This is a good article that blasts the idea that athletes need to spend money on recovery drinks and energy bars for post-workout recovery. Bars and gels are ligther than most foods, so obviously those are preferable when doing long, endurance rides. However, I am not sure I have really ever eaten a recovery drink/bar (unless it was free, like after a race).
Yesterday's article about wine slowing aging was also interesting.