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In sport science and sport nutrition we work a lot with and talk a lot about numbers. Already the assessment is usually full of numbers. Height, weight, age, body fat, watts, maximal heart rate, morning heart rate, maximal power output. And we continue with the numbers when we talk about blood values, power-to-weight ratio, calorie needs and many more.

 
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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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Recovery after a training session is very important in the life of active people. Its part of the training such as the workout itself. It’s finishing up the training. Activities trigger certain physiologic processes which make us fitter, stronger, better and more resistant to fatigue. All this can only happen when our body is given enough energy and nutrients.

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Wer hat nicht schon davon gehört, dass Männer keine Sojaprodukte essen sollen, weil es angeblich schlecht ist für sie? Diese Behauptung macht seit Jahren die Runde und eigentlich liegt gar nichts dahinter. Als ich vor wenigen Tagen wieder darauf angesprochen wurde und ein Mann völlig besorgt gemeint hat, er trinkt keine Sojamilch, weil sie schädlich und gefährlich ist für Männer, habe ich mich entschlossen, einen kurzen Kommentar dazu zu schreiben. Read more »