Aug 1, 2012

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Olympic champions still eat fast food

Olympic champions still eat fast food

With the Olympics fully underway in London we could be forgiven for thinking we might see a surge in publicity for healthy eating and all-natural foods. However, with some of the world’s largest and most powerful fast food brands sponsoring the Games the amount of junk food on offer in the Olympic village is staggering. Not only does the venue boast the world’s largest ever McDonalds, but there is also entire branch of the fast food chain that has been devoted to athletes and officials. Before competing, American swimmer Michael Phelps eats an enormous calorie filled breakfast consisting of a five egg omelette, three fried egg sandwiches with all the trimmings, three slices of French toast covered in sugar, a bowl of porridge, three chocolate pancakes and two cups of coffee. His entire daily calorie intake is close to 12,000. Team GB’s Usain Bolt is also an advocate of high calorie fast foods and has a certain penchant for McDonalds’s chicken nuggets. But whilst certain athletes such as Phelps and Bolt still favour certain fast foods and snacks, others are beginning to pave the way to a healthier diet, claiming that their improved performances are related to the quality of the food they eat.


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