Sweet potato is one of the featured and classic food of many a bodybuilder’s daily diet. Alongside brown rice, oats and pasta, sweet potatoes contain an extremely important macronutrient carbohydrates that is the excellent source of energy to hit it hard in the gym. Besides the carb content, they are tasty, versatile and have abundant other benefits for bodybuilders.
Carbohydrates is such an significant micronutrient in bodybuilding and sweet potatoes is one of the rich source of it that not only provide you with ample fuel for workouts but also help you recover afterwards. According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency an athletes should consume minimum 50 percent of their calories from carbohydrates. One medium sweet potato contains 24 grams of carbs, or 1 cup of cubed Sweet Potato has about 27 grams of carbohydrate.
Nothing can really beat ‘Fiber’ when it comes to control appetite, maintain healthy digestion, burn fat and build muscle and sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber. A 1-cup serving of sweet potatoes contain about 8 grams of fiber.
Muscle With Potassium
Potassium is a mineral that performs many functions in the body including optimizing nerve function, muscle control, and electrolyte balance. The Colorado State University Extension service stats that an athletes, a body builder and person involved in intense training require more potassium than an average or mostly inactive person. 100 grams of sweet potato contains 337 mg Potassium that means it is the top source of potassium.
It contains antioxidant called beta-carotene, which is very efficient at raising blood levels of vitamin A, high in fiber, and have a appetizing sweet taste. They can be consumed in a variety of manners – most commonly boiled, baked, steamed or fried.
Pre- and Post-Workout
Dr. John Berardi in “Scrawny to Brawny” mentions that before and after workout or strength trainings are the most significant times to have carbohydrates to fill you up with ample energy throughout the exercises sessions and restock them initiate and help the recovery process. Sweet potatoes contains a glycemic load of 22 that means they digest quickly and this makes it an ideal post-workout food.