When choosing a pre-workout snack, you should choose one that high in carbs to provide your muscles with easy-to-use energy during your workout. But, did you know that there are certain types of carbs you should avoid before working out? A certain group of carbs called FODMAPs can hinder your workout. So what are FODMAPs and what carbs are a good pre-workout snack?
Fodmaps stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. Put simply, they’re carbs that ferment and lead to gas during digestion. For people with sensitive digestive symptoms, eating FODMAPs can cause digestive pain, discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation. They’re found in lots of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and they can actually be good for your health.
What Foods Contain FODMAPs?
Many popular pre-workout foods have FODMAPs. Dried fruits, watermelon, cashews, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, apples, honey, mangoes, sugar-free snacks, protein bars, protein powders, and many other foods contain FODMAPs.
If you notice you have a sensitive stomach after eating the foods mentioned above, some things to eat instead to give you fuel for your workout include a banana with peanut butter, an orange, macadamia nuts, or oatmeal with pumpkin seeds and pecans.