Surely there’s no shortage of chatter about nutrition these days. Camps defending and attacking each other can’t wait to tell you what foods are “good” and what foods are “bad.” Rather than put on a uniform for battle for Team Paleo or Team Zone, we like to think that food is just well.. food. In fact, it’s a bit more complex than “good” food and “bad” food.
Dead center at much of the nutrition debate is the big “C” word. Carbohydrates is the biggest buzz in nutrition for decades running.
The insight I wanted to talk about today are sources of those cheap and easy carbohydrates and a way to choose one source over another. Most folks looking to lose weight will have success manipulating carbohydrates, choosing relatively lower glycemic, higher nutrient dense carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables. But, what if you’re an elite athlete looking to gain strength, recover better, or achieve high carbohydrate numbers, kale might not be your savior.
Inside of the world of simple, starchy carbohydrates, some may be more helpful than others. It’s in this instance that I tend to rely on simple carbohydrates that pack all the same good glycogen and caloric volume without some of the gut health issues and allergies so commonly associated with soy, wheat, and the like.
For most people, carbohydrate sources like white rice and tubers (including potatoes, yams, etc) can pull off your basic carb needs without destroying your gut or causing unnecessary inflammation. Naturally, you should experiment with your own body, but I’ve been able to put on weight, add strength, and supplement my diet with starches without allergenic responses and inflammation.
Not all starches are the devil. Some may give you what you need without the bad rap of gluten and other disturbing foods.