You've gone against the grain...
With the recent carb backlash, grains have gained a bad name they don’t deserve. There’s a huge difference between the refined grains in biscuits and cakes, and the whole grains in foods such as quinoa and wild rice. Whole grains include the endosperm, germ and bran in the same proportions as when they were harvested. Rich in nutrients, they’ve been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Plus, contrary to recent carbo-phobia, evidence shows that whole grains can help you reach your weight-loss goals. A study
published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition found those who consumed a diet rich in whole grains had less belly fat and a smaller waist circumference. The high fibre content of whole grains creates a steady, slow release of energy to power your runs, keeps you feeling full, and prevents blood sugar spikes and crashes.
That high fibre content does mean eating whole grains immediately before a run can lead to GI distress, so consume a couple of hours pre-run, or as postrun food, when your body is primed to absorb the nutrients, repair muscle and restock glycogen stores.