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Health Column: The Facts on Carb Loading

By Kody Duclos, Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press, 07/23/19, 2:00PM CDT

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The single most important nutritional factor in athletic performance is, you guessed it, carbohydrate intake.

As we dash into marathon and track season, many athletes are looking for ways to fuel their bodies properly and have an edge over the competition. Carbohydrates are indispensable to athletes; they are nature’s high-octane fuel for the body. Implementing carbohydrate loading is a relatively simple way to maximize performance. However, despite what your high school coach might have told you, it’s not just eating spaghetti the night before the event.