Traditionally we have been warned away from white bread, pasta and other refined carbohydrates. But when it comes to sport, are refined carbohydrates actually an important part of your diet?
To find out more we enlisted the help of nutritionist Joanne Hart from Health and Hart to find out what kind of carbohydrates are better for cyclists and whether or not you should be eating different types of carbohydrate on race day and at different times of your training plan?
“You’re right to consider whether refined carbohydrates are useful. Many sports people find white bread, pasta and rice to be a convenient way of getting energy. The fibre has been removed so the digestive process is faster, the effect is a faster boost of energy than with unrefined foods like wholemeal rice, bread and pasta. Those with sensitive stomachs might find that too much fibre causes discomfort during exercise so prefer white foods for that reason.