29 Jun '13, 1pm

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We need to reassess our relationship with carbs,’ says Laurent Bannock, a performance nutritionist and lecturer who works with both elite and amateur athletes (guruperformance.com). Eating lots of carbohydrates makes you good at metabolising them, explains Bannock – which sounds great until he adds ‘instead of fat’. ‘As an endurance runner you should be using body fat as your primary fuel source, so why do runners get obsessed with consuming carbs?’ Bannock is not alone in questioning the accepted carb doctrine. ‘Skilful marketing has made carbohydrate consumption a religion among athletes,’ says Professor Tim Noakes. ‘They believe that you cannot get energy from anywhere but carbs.’ Noakes – who as author of The Lore of Running (£13.43, Human Kinetics) can safely be classed as a running and sports science heavyweight – recently turned his thinking around on carbs and caus...

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