Do you know why the following statements are false when it comes to eating right for hockey? If not, read on to learn why you should disregard these 3 myths.
1. Protein should represent the largest part of your meal 2. Eating after 7 should be avoided 3. Fat is bad and should be avoided
Protein should represent the largest part of your meal. FALSE!!!
This is one of the biggest misconceptions. Hockey requires glycogen (carbohydrates) as a main fuel. Limiting these sources, to permit for more protein can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle wasting and dehydration. The role of protein is to rebuild and repair tissue. The carbohydrate-protein ratio for hockey players should be between 4:1 to 6:1. This would mean that hockey players should have four to six times more carbohydrates (veggies, fruit, gain products) than protein (meat, chicken, fish, eggs) on their plates.
Eating after 7 pm should be avoided. FALSE!!!
This practice is especially wrong for very active hockey players. If you are hungry before bed, it is worse to skip eating than to have a small, healthy snack. Furthermore, if you had a late evening game or practice and skip your recovery snack because it is past 7 pm, you are doing your body more harm than good.
Fat is bad and should be avoided. FALSE!!!
Fat is actually necessary for energy, to regulate body temperature, protect organs from falls or hits and to help absorb certain vitamins such as vitamins D, A, E and K. Healthy fat that reduces inflammation and aids in quicker training recovery and injury healing, can be found in fatty fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines. It is important to have the right balance of fat in your day. Choose lean meat and dairy. Have chips, fries and other high-fat junk foods in moderation.