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Carbohydrates

Let’s focus on a controversial macronutrient. Some may be dismissive and say “Sugar is sugar!” but there is complexity within carbs. Complex carbohydrates, if you will…

Dietitians Rowena Visagie, Keri Strachan, and Kerryn Moolenschot explore types of sugar, glycemic index, and fueling for exercise.

Once you have taken a deep-dive into carbohydrates, you should be better equipped to make the right choices for your diet.

TYPES OF SUGARS

with Rowena Visagie

Most endurance athletes rely on carbohydrates for muscle and brain fuel during prolonged exercise.

Carbohydrates can be categorised as monosaccharides, disaccharides, or polysaccharides, according to their chemical make-up of sugar molecules. These combinations will also determine their variety of sweetness, rate of digestion, and degree to which they are absorbed.

s (glucose, fructose, and galactose) are the

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