This short article is about the goodness of the humble sweet potato. It is time that athletes moved away from gels and other artificial sugar laden snacks to whole foods. Some will ask, what are whole foods? Well whole foods are foods that are minimally processed, if not none at all. Again, some will ask, what are the benefits of whole foods? Well, some of the many benefits of whole foods are how its a healthier option, its cheaper in the long run, it can help reduce risk of certain diseases, etc. (Click here for 21 reasons on why you should eat whole foods!)
A convenient form of whole foods to fuel your bike rides would be sweet potatoes. Not only is it laden with nutrients such as potassium and antioxidants, the starch in it turns into calorie-rich sugars once cooked due to an enzyme in the sweet potato. Not only is it packed with calories which is needed to fuel your bike ride, it is also full of nutrients that can help build your body.
Not only is the sweet potato reasonably priced, it is also very easy to prepare. You can boil, steam, microwave, roast it etc, and have it on its' own as it is already naturally delicious! On the other hand, if you have more time to spare, you can use the sweet potato in more complex recipes too!