Fats are always a concern and a question that athletes often ask about.
I wish to quote Susan Kundrat MS, RD, LD, from her book “101 Sports Nutrition Tips” (which I quote from quite often) on fat.
“Dietary fat is another key nutrient for the athlete. Although fat often gets a bad rap, it is important to have enough fat (the right kinds of fat) in your diet for health and performance. During exercise, fat is used as a fuel along with carbohydrate and small amounts of protein. In endurance exercise, like long distance running, swimming, rowing and biking, fat becomes the primary source of energy for your working body. Many endurance athletes try to train their bodies to utilize more fat and less carbohydrates as energy during exercise to ward off “hitting the wall.”
I absolutely agree with Susan! Not only are fats a concentrated source of energy, they also supply us with vitamins A, D, E, and K plus the essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid.
Now, I hear you asking the question, “How much fat and what foods are the healthy fats in?”
Stay tuned next week, as we continue our discussion on “fat.”
A special thank you again, to Susan Kundrat MS, RD, LD for giving me permission to use the information from her book “101 Sports Nutrition Tips” (a book I highly recommend)