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Reading through health and sport magazines, I usually find a lot of articles featuring new products on the market. Vitamins, minerals, superfoods, proteins and many other supplements which will help us perform better – according to the companies’ claims. Most of the time the claims are wrong, the evidence is missing and for me, who works in the sport nutrition field and promotes healthy eating, the question remains always: what about an athlete’s every day nutrition? Shouldn’t we first be looking at what athletes eat at home, how they shop, what they put into their shopping basket, if they have basic cooking skills before we talk about supplements?

 

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Many people go to the supermarket, look at a label on the package but don’t really know how to read a nutrition facts label. Others are advised to use the food label because they are intolerant or allergic to some nutrients and need to identify the foods they can eat. And then there’s another group – athletes often included – who want to cut back on hidden calories and fats and want to make sure what they buy is healthy and without additives.

 

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