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What substance gives Colombian cyclists the edge?


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Famous for all kinds of exports, be it legal or not, I personally often wondered what gives their cyclist the edge? Well we learned a couple of weeks ago thanks to a comprehensive explanation from our friends at Athlete’s Lab on the performance benefits of altitude training. What else gives this country the edge when it comes to nurturing a disproportionate number of pro cyclists?

Upon spending considerable time in the country, I noticed a snack in the back pockets of the locals I rode with. Bocadillos: a small leaf-wrapped energy booster made predominantly of guava fruit. Knowing little about this lesser known super fruit, upon doing some research, I discovered there’s a lot to it.

What’s more, thanks to our partner Lucho Dillitos, these magic items are now available here in the UK. What’s more, at a discount to ATR community. Order here, using promo code ‘ATR10’ when making an order and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase! Enjoy!

Muscles and nerves relax due to magnesium content. This inturn helps the body recover and recharge, beating everyday stress the body endures.

Immunity Booster
Guavas are extremely rich in Vitamin C, containing 4 times the vitamin C content present in an orange. Vitamin C helps improve immunity and keeps your eyes healthy.

Guava is low GI (Gylcaemic Index) and is rich in fibre. This helps reduce the risk of diabetes. While the low glycemic index distributes sugar evenly over a given time period, fibre further helps prevent ‘spiking’.

Improves Eyesight
Not only will guava maintain eyesight, Vitamin A levels can improve eyesight. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Guava fruit helps improve the sodium and potassium balance of the body, thereby regulating blood pressure in patients with hypertension. Guavas also help lower the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL), which contribute to the development of heart disease. This fruit improves levels of the good cholesterol (HDL), whilst lowering levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). Sodium and potassium levels are balanced by Guava, in all helping regulate blood pressure.

Regular bowels
Far richer than most other fruits, it benefits your digestive health. Seeds can work as laxatives too, keeping you regular.

Lowers Risk of Cancer

Containing potent antioxidants Guava neutralises free radicals generated in the body, stemming the production of cancer cells. notably reducing prostate and breast cancer thanks to its lycopene.

Guava During Pregnancy

Folic acid, vitamin B-9, builds an unborn child’s nervous system, supporting immunity also.

Aches & Pains

Strong anti-inflammatory properties help fight infection and germs. Guava helps cure toothaches, gum-swelling and mouth ulcers.

Brain Food

Vitamin B3 and B6, also aid blood circulation to the cerebrum, cognitive function and relaxing the nerves.

Weight Loss

Weight loss is possible as Guava regulates your metabolism. Though satisfyingly filling, it also has less sugar than many other fruits in a typical western diet.

Common Cold prevention

Iron and Vitamin C reduce likelihood of catching a cold and other infections. Juice from the fruit can reduce mucus clearing respiratory passage, the throat and lungs.

Skin and Complexion 

Vitamin A, C and antioxidants in this fruit support healthy skin, providing nourishment and hydration. Vitamin K also provides an antidote for rashes and inconsistent colouring in the complexion.


Want to eat guava? Our partner Lucho Dillitos, are the only importers of bocadillos, the snack made of this awesome fruit. What’s more, at a discount to ATR community. Order here, mentioning ‘All Things Ride ATR10’ when making an order and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase! Enjoy!