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Oxidation of Maltose and Trehalose during Prolonged Moderate-Intensity Exercise


Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: September 2008 - Volume 40 - Issue 9 - p 1653-1659
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318175716c
BASIC SCIENCES: Original Investigations

Purpose: The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of trehalose (TRE) and maltose (MAL) ingestion on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rates and blood metabolite responses during prolonged moderate-intensity cycling exercise.

Methods: Nine trained subjects performed three randomly assigned bouts of exercise separated by at least 1 wk. Each trial consisted of 150 min of cycling at 55% of maximal power output (W max) while ingesting a solution providing either 1.1 g·min−1 TRE, 1.1 g·min−1 MAL, or water (WAT).

Results: Total carbohydrate oxidation rates were significantly higher (P < 0.05) in both the MAL (2.09 ± 0.18 g·min−1) and TRE (1.92 ± 0.32 g·min−1) trials compared with the WAT trial (1.62 ± 0.28 g·min−1). Peak exogenous carbohydrate oxidation was significantly higher in the MAL trial compared with the TRE trial (1.01 ± 0.24 and 0.73 ± 0.22 g·min−1, respectively, P < 0.05). The MAL trial resulted in significantly reduced endogenous carbohydrate oxidation rates compared with the WAT trial (1.20 ± 0.25 and 1.62 ± 0.28 g·min−1, respectively, P < 0.05). When compared with the WAT trial, total fat oxidation for the same period was significantly reduced in both carbohydrate trials (0.91 ± 0.19, 0.68 ± 0.19, and 0.79 ± 0.19 g·min−1 for WAT, MAL, and TRE, respectively, P < 0.05) and tended to be lower in MAL compared with TRE (P < 0.06).

Discussion: Both solutions maintained high plasma glucose concentrations. MAL had a "sparing" effect on endogenous carbohydrate stores. The reduced exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rate of TRE compared to MAL is probably due to a reduced enzymatic hydrolysis rate within the small intestine, causing a slower availability.

1Human Performance Laboratory, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UNITED KINGDOM; 2Cargill R&D Centre Europe, Vilvoorde, BELGIUM; and 3Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, NETHERLANDS

Address for correspondence: Asker E. Jeukendrup, Ph.D., Human Performance Laboratory, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom; E-mail:

Submitted for publication July 2007.

Accepted for publication March 2008.

©2008The American College of Sports Medicine