Nutrition and parents

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Nutrition and parents

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Nutrition and parents

There are two types of carbohydrates - starchy complex carbohydrates and simple sugars. The simple sugars are found in confectionery, muesli bars, cakes and biscuits, cereals, puddings, soft drinks and juices and jam and honey but they also contain fat. Starchy carbohydrates are found in potatoes, rice, bread, whole grain cereals, semi-skimmed milk, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, beans and pulses.

Both types effectively replace muscle glycogen. The starchy carbohydrates are the ones that have all the vitamins and minerals in them as well as protein. They are also low in fat as long as you do not slap on loads of butter and fatty sauces.

The starchy foods are much bulkier so there can be a problem in actually eating that amount of food so supplementing with simple sugar alternatives is necessary. Your digestive system converts the carbohydrates in food into glucose, a form of sugar carried in the blood and transported to cells for energy.

The glucose, in turn, is broken down into carbon dioxide and water.

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Any glucose not used by the cells is converted into glycogen - another form of carbohydrate that is stored in the muscles and liver. However, the body's glycogen capacity is limited to about grams; once this maximum has been reached, any excess glucose is quickly converted into fat.

Base your main meal with the bulk on your plate filled with carbohydrates and small amounts of protein such as meat, poultry and fish. Lactose Intolerance Lactose intolerance results when the mucosal cells of the small intestine fail to produce lactase that is essential for the digestion of lactose.

Symptoms include diarrhoea, bloating, and abdominal cramps following consumption of milk or dairy products. Carbohydrates for Performance To support a training session or competition, athletes need to eat at an appropriate time so that all the food has been absorbed and their glycogen stores are fully replenished.

In order to replenish them, the athlete needs to consider the speed at which carbohydrate is converted into blood glucose and transported to the muscles.

The rapid replenishment of glycogen stores is important for the track athlete who has a number of races in a meeting. The rise in blood glucose levels is indicated by a food's Glycaemic Index GI - the faster and higher the blood glucose rises the higher the GI.

High GI foods take 1 to 2 hours to be absorbed and low GI foods can take 3 to 4 hours to be absorbed. Studies have shown that consuming high GI carbohydrates approximately 1grm per kg body within 2 hours after exercise speeds up the replenishment of glycogen stores and therefore speeds up recovery time.

Glycogen stores will last for approximately 10 to 12 hours when at rest sleeping so this is why breakfast is essential. Eating meals or snacks a day, will help maximise glycogen stores and energy levels, minimise fat storage and stabilise blood glucose and insulin levels.

Eating and Competition What you eat on a day-to-day basis is extremely important for training. Your diet will affect how fast and how well you progress, and how soon you reach a competitive standard.

The page on Nutritional Tips provides some general nutritional advice to help you manage your weight and body fat. Once you are ready to compete, you will have a new concern: What should you eat before your competition?Learn about nutrition basics, and superfoods for baby.

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