YOU’VE FOR­BID­DEN FRUIT…

Runner's World (UK) - - Weight Loss -

For many of us, the word ‘carb’ is syn­ony­mous with pasta and pota­toes, or baked good­ies. Ad­mit­tedly, bananas and car­rots may not have the sen­sual ap­peal of a freshly baked bagel, but fruit and veg pro­vide high-qual­ity carbs to fuel you equally well, mi­nus the un­savoury side ef­fects that can weigh run­ners down on the road and on the scales. Fruits and veg­gies also de­liver key nu­tri­ents that will help you bounce back quickly from tough work­outs and pro­tect you from stroke, heart dis­ease and high blood pres­sure. That said, some fruits and veg­eta­bles are bet­ter than oth­ers for your run­ning life. In gen­eral, those that you can con­sume with the peel at­tached (eg ap­ples and pota­toes), and most berries, con­tain lots of fi­bre. Fi­bre is great, as it’ll keep you feel­ing full, slow­ing the di­ges­tion of sug­ars so you don’t get the en­ergy spikes and crashes caused by re­fined sug­ars. One caveat: if you’re run­ning in the next 60 min­utes, avoid eat­ing any­thing that has more than 7g fi­bre per serv­ing. These carb-rich fruits and veg­eta­bles pack ex­tra nu­tri­ents to sup­port your run­ning:

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