Importers of jam in bulk worldwide are increasing day by day. What you eat and drink around training and competition is known to affect performance, reduce injury risk and support recovery. However,many sports nutritionists recommend bread and jam as a good snack food to eat in the hour before exercise or during tournaments.iety of vitamins and minerals.
Mostly sugar and two slices of wholewheat bread around 25g mix carbohydrate. Commercially available sports gels contain between 18-51g carbohydrate per serving. . In both these the main source of carbohydrate is sugar or a long chain glucose molecule such as maltodextrin.
The brain and muscles use glucose
The brain and muscles use glucose for energy but to get the best performance that glucose needs to be supplied in a slow steady stream. Large ‘dumps’ of simple sugars can have a dramatic effect on insulin levels and lead to poor performance, energy slumps and anxiety.
The energy release profile of a jam sandwich is likely to be better than most commercially available sports foods and although many drinks / gels / bars contain added vitamins and minerals, its likely that a jam sandwich has a better nutrient value as well.
In a balance diet it is possible for all foods
In a balance diet it is possible for all foods to have their place. Jam is a high sugar food, but providing it is good quality and fresh, it may also be nutritious and a good source of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and even fibre. You can read more about sport drinks here and about tournament nutrition – what to eat when here..
Hence, a brown or granary bread sandwich with jam contains sugar, starch and fibre. Furthermore,both quick release and slower release ‘energy’ and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.