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The PB&J Gang Runs The Sports World

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The PB&J Gang Runs The Sports World

The humble PB&J might be the most popular pre-game meal in pro sports.

We could list a small army of athletes who down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (or a slight variation on the classic) before game time, but in the interest of keeping things concise, we'll just go with six.

A PB&J is often the last thing LeBron James, Steph Curry and Sidney Crosby eat before a game.

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The humble PB&J might be the most popular pre-game meal in pro sports.

We could list a small army of athletes who down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (or a slight variation on the classic) before game time, but in the interest of keeping things concise, we'll just go with six.

A PB&J is often the last thing LeBron James, Steph Curry and Sidney Crosby eat before a game.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or slight variations on the classic) are especially popular in the NBA. Along with James and Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kristaps Porzingis are pre-game PB&J eaters.

Although a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can make nutritional sense for several different reasons, it's the high amount of simple carbohydrates it provides that's really beneficial for athletes.

Running out of simple carbs during a game can make you feel like you're moving under water. Your first step will be slower, you'll have trouble finishing plays, and your reactions won't be as sharp.

"Human bodies don't necessarily stop when they run out of carbs, but they do slow down," says Robert Anding, a Sports Dietitian who works with the Houston Astros and Rice Athletics.

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