Marie Spano, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS, is a freelance writer and founder of Spano Sports Nutrition Consulting (www.mariespano.com), a company that specializes in sports nutrition, writing, product development, and spokesperson work. Readers may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Prepared Foods.
When it comes to refueling—whether running a Sunday 26-mile marathon or the weekly rat race—the requirements for both nutritive fuel carbs, proteins, fats and other energy sources is an inescapable need.
Today’s sports nutrition formulations provide sophisticated ingredients, alone and in combination, for not only athletes and weekend warriors -- but also those engaged in the grueling competition of simply getting through the stressful marathon that is modern living.
The market for prebiotics and probiotics is said to be booming. Here is a look at recent research supporting the benefits of these ingredients--benefits that range from mineral absorption to weight management.
As product developers look to better serve consumer niches with formulated sports beverages, specialty ingredients, from various whey proteins to high value nutrients to an expanding array of sweeteners, are being used by R&D.