From Issue 6 of R4YL, June/July 2006.
Earlier in my career as a sports dietitian, education of athletes focused heavily on the importance of consuming an adequate amount of carbohydrate in the diet to promote exercise performance, particularly among endurance athletes such as runners. The delivery of information by sports nutrition educators combined with the public dietary recommendations at that time meant that athletes often focused exclusively on carbohydrate at the expense of considering other important nutrients such as protein. Remember the days when you thought that bread and jam, bread and jam, bread and jam was a great post-exercise recovery snack?!