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There has been more and more research showing how excess sugar consumption has contributed to several health dilemmas in the United States. I am well acquainted with the research, last year I worked with MET-Rx on their latest project, MET-Rx 180, I wrote in their nutrition guide about how the history of sports nutrition shifted in the 1980's to a low fat diet that gave way to a high carbohydrate and thus, more sugar content in processed foods
What is my opinion on all this anti-sugar sediment?
Sugar can be strategically placed in and athlete's diet to enhance performance and recovery. Naturally occurring sugar in fruits, veggies and starches do not negate the value of those foods. Eating them excessively or in a highly processed or condensed state will have a negative effect if done regularly. So sugar during, and around exercise, is here to stay for athletes. In meals away from exercise and competition, Jack LaLane said it best,"If man made it, don't eat it."