Sweet Potatoes : Best Food For Runners

If there is one food that I love is sweet potatoes. When runners ask me which is the best food for runners my answer is sweet potato.

Sweet potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, which makes them the perfect source of runners fuel.

Sweet potatoes are also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, and the two trace minerals manganese and copper. Many runners fail to meet their manganese and copper needs, which can have an impact on performance since these minerals are crucial for healthy muscle function.

Sweet potatoes can be baked, boiled, or microwaved.  Don’t store sweet potatoes in the fridge because they will lose their flavor. Instead, stash them in a cool, dark place, and they should keep for about two weeks.

Sweet potatoes for carbon loading

One week before a race I eat sweet potatoes at breakfast, lunch and dinner to allow my body to store more glycogen.

One thought on “Sweet Potatoes : Best Food For Runners

  1. Megan Adams

    I absolutely LOVE to bring cooked sweet potatoes with me to any sporting event. I have brought them on runs, longer bike rides, and to all day tennis events.

    Skip the sugary crap, go with a Sweet Potato for optimum health and fitness recovery and results.

    Thanks for the great article!

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