The Importance of Carbs for Athletes

Carbs are the driving force behind an athletes peak performance, and the most important nutrient gained from an athletes diet. Carbohydrates we all know as breads, pastas, grains etc. are usually frowned upon in  the eyes of many people today, but carbs play a very major role in the amount of energy, if consumed in well portioned quantities as well as with other nutritious components can make or break an athlete. your meals as an athlete are very important, especially during season do to the many benefits that putting good nutrients in your body will do including boosting the amount of energy you have and giving you enough energy, and calories to burn while competing, practicing, or any other aspects that may come in play over the course of an athletic season or year. in a recent article by Iñigo San Millán, PhD, http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/the-importance-of-carbohydrates-and-glycogen-for-a he states that over the past fifty years science has proven that a well maintained intake of carbohydrates is crucial in maintaining performance. He also states that some of the greatest athletes in the world, the Kenyan runners, have a diet that adds up to 76.5% carbs, and even 20% of their daily amount of sugar. Many low carb diets lead to excessive fatigue as well as low performance rates and success. The benefit of carbs are that they are broken down and converted to energy easier than fats, or proteins. Not only are carbs an extremely important component to a person diet but they are also essential in the bodies development, fertilization, immunity, digestion and absorption, etc. Carbs are so important for a diet that they can almost simultaneously alter the entire performance of all bodily systems. They are especially important for those with an active lifestyle. The greatest food that are packed with good carbs that can lead to quickly stored energies http://www.active.com/a3_articles/6520afe1-0df5-4baa-bb62-62959409cfa2/1?page=2 are Sweet potatoes, or yams, wild rice, oats, bananas, and chick peas. These food are very beneficial to an athlete who must consume good carbs in order to perform at their best. Sweet potatoes, or yams yield about 27 grams of carbohydrates, 4 in which are loaded with fiber per every one cup. Oats not only help with being heart healthy, but hold magnesium as well which helps with nerve and muscle function as well as being packed with 27 grams per every 1/2 cup. Wild rice has a total of 6 grams of carbs per serving, and 3 grams of fiber, as well as having 35 less calories than brown rice. Bananas, known for there great deal of potassium, as well as containing prebiotics that help absorb other nutrients, as well as keeping healthy stomach bacteria’s at good levels. Finally chickpeas, give off a generous 22 grams of carbs, along with 6 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.

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