Why nu­tri­ents mat­ter

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

Nu­tri­ent qual­ity is im­por­tant as the macro and mi­cronu­tri­ent break­down and how your body re­sponds are sig­nif­i­cant. Clearly 100 calo­ries of soda or candy will have a dif­fer­ent ef­fect than 100 calo­ries of car­rots. One adds plenty of fi­bre and contributes an ar­ray of nu­tri­ents and an­tiox­i­dants. The other pro­vides sim­ple en­ergy that quickly raises blood sugar lev­els and sets of an in­sulin re­sponse. In­sulin is the hor­mone that works hard to re­duce high lev­els of blood glu­cose – glu­cose is used for en­ergy, but ex­cess is stored as body fat. High lev­els of in­sulin mean that not only is fat stor­age pro­moted, but the mo­bi­liza­tion and burn­ing of fat for en­ergy is pre­vented. The in­sulin re­sponse is greater the more re­fined and less fi­brous a food (or drink) is.

This con­cept of nu­tri­ents and real foods is worth reit­er­at­ing to ath­letes. Of­ten those in hard train­ing can come to rely heav­ily on sports foods that are usu­ally more re­fined (as they are de­signed for a spe­cific pur­pose). Pro­cess­ing of

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