Why are athletes using ketones?

Wednesday 19th Jun 2019, 9.00am

It’s considered one of the hardest athletic challenges: 21 day-long stages covering around 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles) – it’s the Tour De France.

A Tour de France rider will burn enough calories during a six-hour mountain stage to fuel an average person’s activity for two to four days. So how do these athletes compete day in, day out?

On this episode of the Big Questions Podcast we are asking the question: Why are athletes using ketones?

This week we visited Kieran Clarke, Biochemist at the University of Oxford to find out.


Music credits:

Let That Sink In by Lee Rosevere

Thought Bubbles by Lee Rosevere

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