Sport, recreation and pasta

Eating well, sport and recreation are all linked together. If you are professional sportsman or simply like to stay active, you have to make sure you eat well as every physical strain means added quantities of energy, water, minerals etc.

Proteins – building units of muscles.

It is a well-known fact that proteins and water are a good foundation for positive sporting results. Proteins build muscles, repair damaged muscle fibres and organism cells, they build enzymes, hormones, hemoglobin and antibodies (the immune system). The biological value of proteins is significant and furthermore the ability of proteins to synthesize into tissues, which mostly depends on the content of essential amino acids. The strongest biological value comes from egg proteins (almost 100% builds in tissues) and proteins in durum wheat have a more significant biological value than regular wheat, so it is safe to say that MARODI pasta is the right choice for athletes.

Carbohydrates – energy

The main energy boost for human body are carbohydrates and prior to more physically engaging activity it is essential to ensure the body has enough energy for the strain ahead. To illustrate – one should ensure enough fuel for the planned trip.

Starch from the pasta is translated into a simple carbohydrate glucose with the help of an enzyme called amylase. Glucose cells are supplied with energy while excess is stored in the liver in the form of glycogen.

What to eat before sport?

Due to the different digestion times that can last up to an hour and even 4 hours for some people, it is not possible to give a simple answer to this question. Every athlete has to know his own abilities and equally his own body. We need to “charge our batteries” which means to eat before sport in time to feel well, when we feel the food is digested and free from a feeling of any tension or heaviness in the stomach or bowls. When food digests in the stomach, blood flows to the stomach which is why shortly after a meal we feel fatigue or sleepiness. Also, before intense activity we recommend eating moist foods as this digests more easily and is absorbed faster. If you are planning heavy sport activity in the early morning, it is wise to get up a little earlier and eat in order for the food to have time to digest. It is recommended to restore glycogen reserves around two hours after an intense sport activity.

What to eat before the sport activity?

As mentioned, you should eat light and easily digestable food rich in carbohydrates. Here is a selection of examples you may wish to try:

4 hours before:

2 hours before:

1 hour before:

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