Best Carbs for Runners
A New Twist on Pasta
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If there’s one food runners love, it’s pasta. High in carbs, it can power you through any workout. But the noodles many runners eat are made from refined wheat, which offers few other nutrients. A better choice? Those made from whole grains. “Whole-grain pastas provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants runners need for training,” says Molly Kimball, R.D., of Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans.
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Before protesting that you’ve tried whole-wheat pasta (with unhappy results), know that unlike whole-grain pastas of the past—which often turned to mush—today’s are far tastier, thanks to production improvements. And there are more options than ever, including gluten-free for runners avoiding gluten. These unique whole-grain pastas have nutrient-rich résumés worthy of a carbo-load.
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