• Functional Foods, Beverages, and Ingredients in Athletics
    In this NSCA Classic article, Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, discusses functional foods and the ingredients that go into them.
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  • NSCA ClassicsFunctional Foods, Beverages, and Ingredients in Athletics

    Why You Should Read This Article  

    Functional foods and beverages are defined as having “added physiological benefit above and beyond its naturally occurring benefits.” These foods make a number of health claims regarding everything from weight loss to decreasing wrinkles. In this article, Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, discusses both functional foods and the ingredients that go into them.

    Strength and Conditioning Journal
    Functional Foods, Beverages, and Ingredients in Athletics 
    February 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - pp 79-86
     

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    About the Author:

    Marie Spano, MS, CSCS

    Marie. A. Spano, MS, CSCS is the sports dietitian for the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves and works with a variety of athletes including NFL, PGA and NHL players through her company Spano Sports Nutrition Consulting, LLC. Spano is also a regular guest expert on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS affiliates, co-editor of the NSCA’s Guide to Exercise and Sport Nutrition (Human Kinetics Publishers) and a freelance journalist for FitnessRx for Women, as well as several trade publications. A three-sport collegiate athlete, Spano earned her masters in nutrition from the University of Georgia and her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG) where she was a student athlete representative to the NCAA and scholarship cross country athlete.

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