Carbs post-workout…will any do?

junk foodSome people drink chocolate milk after exercising. A power lifter I know admitted to eating gummy bears at the end of his grueling workouts. A trainer pops chocolate-covered raisins after cardio. Of course you’re going to feel better by refueling with these fast-acting carbs, but eating sugar increases inflammation. Exercise already causes an inflammatory response, so you’re just making matters worse by eating junk.

After exercise, you need recovery and repair, and sugar just causes additional damage. Eat fruit, whole grains or potatoes, with some protein post-workout, and you’ll feel better and recover quicker.

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