One of the most common themes surrounding my dietetic practice is "myth busting". So many of my clients, both athletes and wellness, inquire about foods being "good" or "bad", supplementation with pre-workouts, and new diet fads.
Lately, the trending question to me has been about grains - "I thought grains were bad".
The answer: false, grains are an essential part of our nutrition!
Especially when working with athletes, grains are of high demand as they are our immediate fuel source and provide fiber to help sustain energy levels with prolonged/intense bouts of exercise. Beyond that of energy needs, whole grains help to regulate blood sugars, spare protein being used as a fuel source (maintain lean mass -muscle), assist with the breakdown of fatty acids and support hydration status. There are nutrients in grains that support the delivery of oxygen throughout the body and brain-cell signaling for muscular contraction and coordination of movement.
Whenever in doubt, ask a registered dietitian. We do the research so you don't have to in providing nutritionally sound advice to best #FuelForTheGOLD and #FuelForLIFE