Sports & Performance
American David Zabriskie to compete in world's most grueling bike race as vegan; cyclists in Tour de France can burn 8,000 calories a day
By Reed Albergotti
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-06-29
Consuming colostrum produced by cows 48 hours after giving birth can improve athletic performance of runners by massively reducing gut permeability, study shows
By Helen Glaberson
nutraingredients.com/ Decision News Media 2011-03-30
Tainted beef from Spain caused failed drug test, says Alberto Contador, Tour de France winner; clenbuterol enhances muscle growth in livestock but is banned in U.S., Europe
By Juliet Macur
The New York Times 2010-10-01
Top foods for marathon training regimen: buckwheat noodles, quinoa, yogurt, turmeric, ginger, sardines, tuna, dinosaur kale, coconut water, pumpkin seeds, dates, chia, maca
By Laureb Johnston
Daily News (NY) 2010-09-02
By Joe Karandy
Time magazine 2010-05-31
By Gina Kolata
The New York Times 2010-04-26
By David Biderman
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-12-11
Nearly two-thirds of American adults take dietary supplements, mostly multivitamins, calcium, omega-3, says trade group. Supplements aren't regulated as drugs; study showed 9 percent of 300 drug-induced liver injuries potentially were linked to supplements. Senate subcommittee plans hearing on safety. Since last December, FDA has warned about 70-plus weight-loss supplements; agency urges consumer vigilance.
By Anna Wilde Mathews
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-09-07
In trial, cyclists pedaled faster after rinsing their mouths with high-carb drinks, but saw no difference with artificially sweetened versions in study. Brain scans showed that glucose, maltodextrin in the mouth triggered pleasure circuits in brain not activated by artificial sweetener. Circuits are thought to reduce athletes' perceptions of how much effort they are expending, allowing them to work harder, longer. And: In rat study, artificial sweeteners result in more sluggish metabolism that stores, rather than burns, incoming excess calories (click 'See also').
By Ian Sample
The Guardian (UK) 2009-04-15
San Francisco Food Bank accepts 3,800 pounds of frosted flakes, corn flakes featuring Michael Phelps, Olympics swimmer, on box. Kellogg canceled contract over photo that appeared to show him smoking marijuana. And: Pot legalization activists threaten Kellogg boycott; saga takes precedence over salmonella-tainted peanut products in recorded reply on firm's consumer hotline (click 'See also').
By C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle 2009-03-11
School lunch is learning opportunity for students, says Arthur Agatston, cardiologist, researcher, South Beach Diet creator. Leisurely meals in positive atmosphere provide foundation for better learning. Children will eat healthier food if supported by curriculum, tastings, gardens. 'School is where you have the kids. School can be the most efficient way to spread good habits.'
By Tara Parker-Pope
The New York Times 2009-02-20
Vitamin D deficiency linked to weakness in teen girls, study says; earlier work showed that up to 70 percent of teen girls may be low on intake. Best food sources include salmon, tuna, mackerel, fish oil (click 'See also') but sunshine is key to metabolizing crucial nutrient. Previous studies show lack linked to diseases later in life - osteoporosis, muscle weakness, cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, heart disease.
By Stephen Daniells
NutraIngredients.com, Europe 2009-02-04
Baseball, food, wine are top passions for Tampa Bay Rays' manager Joe Maddon, who was raised in Phillies' country on spaghetti and meatballs, sausage and peppers, good Italian breads, ravioli, lasagna, pierogies, halupkies, and sauerkraut. Game No. 1 of the 2008 World Series between Rays, Phillies, is in Florida (click 'See also').
By Jeff Houck
The Tampa Tribune 2008-10-22
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps pared his life to three components and the gold medals followed. At the games, he ate enough pasta and pizza to feed a village, although not as much as his usual 12,000 calories a day. And: Breakfast is three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayo.
By Karen Crouse
The New York Times 2008-08-16
After workout, drink caffeine and eat carbs to restore muscles and to gain advantage for next contest, study suggests. Subjects who consumed caffeinated drink had higher levels of blood glucose, insulin and signalling proteins (which transport muscle-powering glucose) than those who drank carb-only beverage.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News 2008-07-02
Competitive cyclists, long ago bored with white pasta, hire chefs for high-energy fuel. In time preceding race, team Columbia's German chef, who specializes in cooking for elite athletes, makes oat burgers, quinoa and whole grain rice - a variety of foods not normally found in hotels in rural France.
By Michael Barry
The New York Times 2008-07-03
Ham and eggs, sushi rice bars, and other high-protein-carbohydrate mixes fuel Olympic cyclist and allow lingering blood-sugar boost. Next to power in pedaling, nutrition is most important element in cycling performance. Athletes often forget performance boost from real, simple, natural food, says trainer.
By Gretchen Reynolds
The New York Times 2008-06-19
Best post-workout recovery begins with protein-carbohydrate snack, researcher learns by comparing study of cyclists with those of diabetics. Eating snack within 30 to 45 minutes of strenuous activity prompts muscles to store even more fuel (glucose, which is stored as glycogen) for next workout, and protein helps repair and strengthen muscles.
By Gretchen Reynolds
The New York Times 2008-06-01
Prince Fielder goes vegetarian and Milwaukee Brewers fans who, every sixth inning, cheer their favorite human dressed as a weiner product between bites of bratwursts, are baffled. 'Eat a steak,' they cry, if an at-bat doesn't yield a run. He switched after reading how cattle and chickens were treated and 'was totally grossed out.' He gets protein from beans and shakes, isn't hungry all the time and thinks plain tofu tastes like a wet eraser.
By Alan Schwarz
The New York Times 2008-04-27
Belt-tightening may lead to weight gain, since willpower is depleted when people control themselves, when they modify behavior, or when their blood sugar drops. In one study, those who ate radishes before attempting an impossible puzzle quit earlier than those who ate chocolate chip cookies. Foods that maintain blood sugar levels (those containing protein or complex carbohydrates) might enhance willpower for longer periods.
By Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang
The New York Times 2008-04-02
As frequent traveler, it's hard to resist the lure of Cinnabons, adult beverages and super-size hamburgers in airports, says design team leader of Sports Museum of America. He decided not to be a big, out-of-shape guy, carrying bags, bending and twisting through security, trying to get to his seat, and then staying out of his seatmate's space.
By Terence Healy, as told to Joan Raymond
The New York Times 0000-03-25
U.S. team prepares to provide athletes three meals a day during Beijing Games. Tyson Foods will ship lean protein; Kellogg's is sending Frosted Flakes and Nutri-Grain bars. Culinary team will hire local vendors and importers for other foods. In the meantime, athletes take hot pot, recipes and pouches of chicken to international qualifying event.
By Ben Shpigel
The New York Times 2008-02-09
A look inside the PowerBar Protein Plus shows that we're eating laxatives, some girlie hormones, decent amino acids - and we're showing solidarity with other Americans by doing our part to consume 58 pounds of this sweetener per capita each year.
By Patrick Di Justo
Wired magazine 2008-01-18
To save the planet and ward off diet-related disease, walk or bike half an hour a day instead of driving, and eat less red meat, say physicians and climate scientists. In global economy, the meat sector alone causes 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, says UN report.
By Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press/Lifestyle Magazine 2007-11-11
Nearing his goal of 63 marathons in 63 days (finishing with the NY marathon on November 4) for charity, endurance runner Tim Borland powers up by eating between 8,000 and 10,000 calories a day: bagels, peanut butter, honey, hummus, cottage cheese, dried fruit, nuts, bread, pasta, pizza, Subway sandwiches, chocolate-covered raisins, chicken and fish.
By Jim Ritter
Chicago Sun-Times 2007-10-07