May 30, 2023

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World Cup: What’s a Footballer’s Diet?

Andre Biernath – @andre_biernath BBC News Brazil in London

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A proper balance of nutrients is important for top athletes.

It would be wrong to think that great players have a life without restrictions: at least as far as food is concerned, they must follow well-controlled diets to withstand the rhythm of training and competition.

In recent decades, advances in science have allowed us to understand how the lack or excess of nutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and mineral salts – directly affects their performance on the ground.

When an athlete has low carbohydrate stores, for example, he may not have the energy to finish that last run and hit a decisive goal.