Top 10 Carbs Athletes Should Love

Not since the public outcry against fat has there been such uproar about popular nutrition—the message in the mainstream media seems clear: It's protein you want, not carbs! With all the hype, no wonder so many of us are second-guessing our eating habits. In truth, the message about carbohydrates has been so over-simplified that many people are skimping on the most critical energy source the body has.

Restricting carbohydrates can zap energy levels, compromising the quality of workouts and negating the benefits of a fitness program.

Here's the simple truth: There are many high-carbohydrate foods beneficial to both your health and athletic performance. The key is choosing the right carbs. The following is a breakdown of 10 of the best energy-sustaining foods, all loaded with powerful nutrients to keep your body running on premium fuel.

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