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Pasta or Rice. ?(7 posts)

Pasta or Rice. ?Jan
Feb 21, 2002 6:39 PM
Pasta or Rice. Which is the better source of fuel.
pre-race carbo loading?shirt
Feb 22, 2002 8:45 AM
Pasta.
re: Pasta or Rice. ?zipper
Feb 22, 2002 11:51 AM
Good question. I think you will find that rice (steamed) actually has more grams of carbos than pasts per cup. Both are a great source of carbos. If you prefer rice, I recommend not eating rice within 36 hours of an event for carbo loading purposes because it tends to go through the system slower (constipation). Thus within 36 hours of a race I recommend pasta (al dente)
Campy or Shimano?nm
Feb 22, 2002 12:27 PM
Campy or Shimano? Its more than just personal preferenceGary
Feb 24, 2002 2:53 PM
Pasta is very refined were as rice is a natural grain. Rice is lighter, requires less quantity to gain the same carbos as pasta and leaves you feeling lighter than when loaded with a stomach full of pasta.
I dunno...shirt
Feb 25, 2002 9:21 PM
I'm not a nutritionist, dietician, scientist, or doctor, but I'd bet my lunch money that cooked pasta has more carbos per gram than cooked rice. I believe that is why it is the most popular carbo-loading food for all endurance athletes.

I agree about the "lighter" feeling rice provides, but I think if you're wanting to pack in as many carbos as you can the NIGHT BEFORE pasta is the way to go.

Don't forget the wine, the Carmen CD and the sex, either.

/shirt
Grits ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2002 4:17 PM
... All of my best rides have been fueled by a breakfast of hominy grits, egg, maybe a little cheese.

The night before, macaroni and cheese with ground beef, a side of veggies, and a salad, are the choices that usually produce the best results.

Normally, I'd not take in so many carbs, but just before a century, I've found nothing better. Grits seem to give me 50 miles worth of power. On rested muscles with that fuel, I break old personal records.