The best fitness advice around town! Jennifer Ketterly, registered dietitian and Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Georgia answers a reader’s question about carbohydrates and working out.
Q: How do I know what carbohydrates I should have before my workout, and which I should avoid?
A: There is a lot of misinformation out there on carbohydrates. Most people think of them in two forms: bread and pasta. What many don’t know is that carbohydrates can also be in the form of sugar, which is a functional and important fuel for athletes. Research has shown carbs in this form, available in sports drinks like Gatorade, before and/or during exercise lasting 60+ minutes can help maintain blood glucose levels, and maintain high rates of carbohydrate burning and may help improve performance.