Athletes, probably more than other folks, tend to really try to consume foods that are good for their specific sport. Or for health in general. But nowadays, it is harder and harder to figure out what that specific food is.
When I first started racing, I was a vegetarian. I didn’t eat any meat at all for maybe 5 years. But, when I went to Europe, that went out the window. It was nearly impossible doing that and trying to race there, at that time. Plus, I was taking a handful of vitamins a couple times a day.
It was all carbohydrates back then. Carbo load and race fast.
Then it jumped to protein. Eat a bunch of protein and no carbs. I’ve done this a few times and it works too. But did I feel a ton better/different, no.
Anyway, I’m writing this because of a couple things I’ve read the last week.
One is that the chicken you get in a subway sandwich is only half chicken. The rest is some kind of soy filler.
I hate this. I used to think that eating subway sandwiches was a good choice for fast food. I have no idea whether this study is accurate, but it makes you think. The article said that the most chicken in any fast food chicken is in the 80% range. If you would have asked me I would have guessed in the high 90’s.
The next was an article at Cyclingtips about eating gummy bears for recovery. It showed Peter Sagan eating a bunch of gummy bears for just that. I’ve heard a ton about recovery for efforts and have never seen this. I would have guess, once again, that eating them might be okay riding, but not for recovery.
Skratch Labs co-founder Dr. Allen Lim says otherwise. Dr. Lim has worked some questionable jobs, but I assume he knows what he’s talking about when he says that gummy bears are good for recovery. Again, what do I know.
I’ve seen riders eat everything and race super. Don Myrah used to eat nearly only fast food, tons of high fat, high sugar desserts and still kill me racing MTB’s. Then Phil Anderson comes to the US and to race the Coor’s Classic on our team and hasn’t eaten dessert in months. And he rides at the front, day after day, for the whole two weeks. Big difference in diets here and same results.
No butter or eggs. Lot of eggs, as much butter as you want. What is up with that?
Obviously, us human’s haven’t exactly figured out what is right for us to eat. For athletics or longevity. It switches on a yearly basis and sometimes goes back upon itself. It’s interesting, but disturbing some too.