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Misconceptions about Nutrition

12/07/2012

Many people struggle with understanding what the body requires in terms of nutrients to function at its highest level of performance.  The importance of getting a variety of nutrients in the body is essential for proper nutrition.

Carbohydrates are one of the nutrients that people have difficulty understanding how much they need in a day.  Good carbohydrates are stored as muscle glycogen and liver glycogen.  The bad carbohydrates are considered those that contain no vitamins or minerals (example: soda).  Active people should look to intake six to ten grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight every day to compete at their highest levels.  This comes out to 270-450 grams of carbohydrates per 100 pounds of body weight.  According to Nancy Clark of CSSD, “The average 150-pound active male has about 1,800 calories of carbohydrates stored in his liver, muscles and blood in approximately the following distribution: Muscle glycogen 1,400 calories, liver glycogen 320 calories, and blood glucose 80 calories (CSSD).”  Athletes need to remember that eating good carbs is beneficial to your body.  Eat the proper fruit, vegetables, and grains to obtain the healthy carbs that your body needs.

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