Regarding athletic performance, a nutrient-dense performance plate (whole grains, fruits and veggies) supports the overall function of the gut, including the production of energy from non-carbohydrate sources (fats and proteins) during prolonged and/or intense exercise - when our immediate fuel stores have been depleted. Supporting previous evidence-based findings associated with injury prevention and recovery, a nutrient-rich performance plate can decrease risk for injury and accelerate an athlete's recovery.
So when all is said and done, a nutrient-dense performance plate goes beyond the scope of what is seen. Consider the how a well-balanced and nutrient-dense lifestyle can impact your overall sport performance and health!
Jessica G. Anderson, MS, RD, LD, ACSM EP-C
Source: Crosier, M., PhD, RD. (2019). Exercise and the human gut microbiome [PDF].