Daily WOD

Carbs Count

Two slices of bread
Two tablespoons of peanut butter (typically one serving)
One tablespoon of jelly (typically one serving)

Now, let’s whip up a hypothetical sandwich using popular conventional ingredients. We’ll start with two slices of Classic White Wonder Bread. We’ll add two tablespoons of JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. Then we’ll finish off with a tablespoon of Welch’s Concord Grape Jelly. Here’s what the nutrition facts look like for that hypothetical PB&J:

430 calories, 18 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 450 mg sodium, 58 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 14 g protein

 “When you consume carbs, your body converts them into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used for energy. The glucose, in turn, is changed to glycogen so that it can be easily stored in your muscles and liver for later use. It is the predominant storage form of glucose and carbohydrates in humans, and it’s an essential fuel source for the body during all forms of exercise.”

Simple carbs are carbs that can be digested quickly. They’re made of just one or two sugar molecules, allowing them to be digested rapidly and produce energy quickly. A PB&J is high in simple carbs, thanks in large part to the fruit jelly or jam.

There’s a reason so many elite athletes turn to PB&Js for their pre-game or halftime meal—it works. The simple carbs give players fast energy; the modest amount of protein helps them stay strong without weighing them down; and the sodium helps them stay hydrated. The modest-sized sandwich also doesn’t sit heavy in their stomachs.

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