Many athletes believe that a diet high in carbohydrates is the key to success when exercising and competing in sports. I remember as a cross country runner our coach would tell us to load up on pancakes and syrup before a race. We were taught that high carbs before a race would help our bodies be stronger and increase our endurance. This may not be the case after all. A study out of State University of New York raises serious questions about the appropriateness of of high-carb, low fat diets for those who engage in strenuous physical exercise. "Subjects ate diets of 15%, 30%, and 45% fat respectively. Those on the high fat diets had greater endurance- up to an 11% increase. NO adverse changes in blood chemistry were observed in the subjects on the high fat diet, and they did not gain weight. The authors conclude: The results suggest that a low fat diet may be detrimental to performance and that a higher fat diet may result in more energy substrate availability with a lower lactate to pyruvate ratio" (Nourishing Traditions p178-179).
"The primary nutrient in animal fat is Vitamin A, needed for a host of biological processes including the assimilation of protein and minerals. Strenuous physical exercise depletes vitamin A. Does the current practice of high-carb, low-fat diets explain the prevalence of injury and burnout in modern athletes?" (Nourishing Traditions p 179). I wish I knew then what I know now!
Examples of good fats:
1. Grass-fed, raw/organic butter
2. Grass-fed Meat
3. Pastured Eggs
4. Grass-fed, Organic dairy products: cheese, yogurt, kefir
5. Raw/organic whole milk
6. Coconut Oil
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