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Best Foods for Runners

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Rated 5 points - posted 12 years ago by redmark in category Food & Drink.
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Bananas Report Abuse
Good source of carbs as well as potassium, which runners lose through sweating and they help regulate muscle contraction and prevent cramping. Also considered a "safe" pre-run food because they are unlikely to cause gastrointestinal issues.
10 points - added 12 years ago by redmark -

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Chicken Report Abuse
Runners need around 50 to 75 % more protein than nonrunners to help rebuild muscles and promote recovery after tough workouts. One four-ounce serving of chicken can supply about half a runner's daily protein needs. Plus chicken contains selenium that helps protect muscles from the free-radical damage that can occur during exercise, and niacin, a B vitamin that helps regulate fat burning during a run.
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Frozen Mixed Berries Report Abuse
Berries have anthocyanins that assist with postrun recovery and muscle repair.
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Canned Black Beans Report Abuse
Its low glycemic index allows it to control blood sugar levels and enhance performance due to the steady release of energy. It also allows for much of the daily requirements for protein (30%), fiber (almost 60% and much of it the cholesterol-lowering soluble type), and folate (60%), a B vitamin that plays a key role in heart health and circulation.
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Dark Chocolate Report Abuse
With potent antioxidants called flavonols that can boost heart health.
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Carrots Report Abuse
Excellent source of vitamin A, which helps promote a strong immune system.
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Whole-grain Pasta Report Abuse
Easily digestible carbs that restock spent glycogen (energy) stores.
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Mixed Salad Greens Report Abuse
Blend of phytonutrients may fend off age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes plus the phytonutrients act as antioxidants, warding off muscle damage brought on by tough workouts.
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Whole-Grain Cereal with Protein Report Abuse
Makes a good postrun recovery meal with its mix of carbohydrates and protein. Need to choose a cereal with at least five grams of fiber and at least eight grams of protein.
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Sweet Potato Report Abuse
Excellent post run snack with 90 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin A.
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Salmon Report Abuse
Has injury healing nutrients plus more than 50 percent of your daily omega-3 fat requirements.
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rice cakes Report Abuse
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Oranges Report Abuse
Help alleviate muscle soreness especially after hard workouts such as downhill running as Vitamin C has been shown to reduce soreness in athletes.
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Low-fat Yogurt Report Abuse
Good source of protein and calcium that provide healthy bacteria for your digestive tract to function optimally and may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
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Peanut Butter Report Abuse
Good source of protein needed to build and repair muscles damaged during training.
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Eggs Report Abuse
Most complete food protein short of human breast milk,. The protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids hard-working muscles need to promote recovery.
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Almonds Report Abuse
Excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that many runners fall short on because there are few good food sources of it. Eating nuts may lower cholesterol levels, particularly the artery-clogging LDL type and thereby decrease the risk for heart disease.
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Whole-Grain Bread Report Abuse
Eating whole grain bread reduces to around 38 % any suffering from metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by belly fat, low levels of the good cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels.
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Quinoa Report Abuse
Packed with carbs and also rich in protein, quinoa is a good substitute for pasta.
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Frozen Stir-fry Vegetables Report Abuse
A combination of antioxidants e.g. beta-carotene and vitamin C, may lessen muscle soreness after hard interval workouts by reducing inflammation caused by free-radical damage.
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Beans Report Abuse
Cooked dry beans e.g. pinto, lentil, garbanzo, and split pea are high in protein and fiber, plus low in fat.
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Tuna Report Abuse
Protein full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that helps to repair muscles after a workout.
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