Carbohydrates are the human body’s fuel. Just as a car runs on petrol, the body runs on carbohydrates, particularly complex carbohydrates. An athlete will need energy to undertake physical activity.
The message for athletes should be that eating well can enhance performance. Eating more complex carbohydrate-rich foods means having more energy. More energy means running faster, for longer,and recovering more easily.
Types of Complex carbohydrates
- Wholemeal/multigrain bread, rice, pasta
- Some cereals – oats, wheat -based biscuits
- Potatoes, peas, sweet corn, parsnip, carrots
- Legumes – lentils, baked beans, chickpeas
- Milk and yoghurt.
Types of Simple carbohydrates
Sugar, glucose, fructose, honey, syrup, jams, marmalades, toppings, flavourings, confectionary, cakes, sweet biscuits, soft drinks, flavoured mineral waters, cordials, beer, sweet wines, liquors.
Remember carbohydrates alone is not enough you will need to eat enough proteins and vitamins for excellent performance.