Over at sherdog.com expert mma nutritionist Cameron Conaway has a terrific article on what fiber is and how it should work into your MMA training diet. One nutritional element that is commonly missed by the MMA fighter is fiber. While most fighters know exactly what they are putting into their bodies with respect to Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats, and possibly Sodium they do not usually monitor their fiber intake.
However, just because it is not commonly monitored doesn’t mean its not extremely important in your MMA diet. So what is fiber and why is it important? Conaway defines it, “fiber is a carbohydrate that the body can’t digest.”
“fiber is a carbohydrate that the body can’t digest”
Breakdown of Why Fiber is Important in the MMA Diet:
- Becoming more aware of food labels and company intentions will only result in a healthier, more mindful diet. Second, becoming more “regular” will mean your body is adequately removing waste product rather than storing it.
- MMA athletes eating a diet naturally high in fiber will generally have a healthier diet. Foods naturally packed with fiber are generally healthy foods. For example, all plants that are eaten for food contain fiber. This includes fruits and vegetables, but also legumes and grains.
Soluble Fiber (source: article )
- Oatmeal, oatbran & Nuts and seeds
- Legumes & Beans
- Dried peas & Lentils
- Apples & Pears
- Strawberries & Blueberries
- Whole wheat bread & Barley
- Couscous & Brown rice
- Bulgur & Whole grain breakfast cereals
- Wheat bran & Seeds
- Carrots & Cucumbers
- Zucchini & Celery
You can read the entire article here.
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