Nutrition Advice

The Importance of Carbohydrates in Exercise & Sports Performance

Today’s post is a bit different from what I normally would post about, but I think it’s really important to share the nutrition space with other passionate nutrition professionals. And while I wish I understood Sports Nutrition better, I understand it’s better to be a master of just a few skills, rather than all. Plus how fun is it to learn about other people’s specialties! Today’s contributor is JohnPaul Paganini, an MSc Human Nutrition student majoring in Sports Nutrition who aims to provide evidence-based nutritional advice upon graduation.

Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates and adequate carbohydrate fuelling is pivotal in sports and exercise. Sports persons and those actively engaged in sports competition ranging from Sunday league players through to elite performance and ultra-marathon athletes have specific nutritional requirements that need to be met from their diet to perform at a competitive level.