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Journal of Nutrition Research
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A Comparison of Ancient Greek and Roman Sports Diets with Modern Day Practices

Adrian Paul Harrison1 and Else Marie Bartels2*

1Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Copenhagen University, Grønnegårdsvej 7, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C,Denmark

2The Parker Institute, Copenhagen University Hospital, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

*Corresponding Author:
Else Marie Bartels
The Parker Institute, Copenhagen University Hospital
Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Tel: +45 38164168
E-mail: else.marie.bartels@regionh.dk

Received: October 06, 2015; Accepted: January 08, 2016; Published: January 15, 2016

Citation: Harrison AP, Bartels EM (2016) A Comparison of Ancient Greek and Roman Sports Diets with Modern Day Practices . Sports Nutr Ther 1: 104. doi: 10.4172/2473-6449.1000104

Copyright: © 2016 Harrison AP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

 

With the preparations for the Olympics 2016 in Rio came a series of demands to the sports world in terms of attaining optimal physical performance for the many disciplines represented at today’s Olympics. In the light of this, we have focused on the dietary and physiological requirements of a modern Olympic athlete and contrast these with those of ancient Greek and Roman athletes. Our particular emphasis has been on the source of nutrients, historical dietary trends, and the search for the optimal sports diet, that is to say a diet that will ensure the attainment of an athlete’s full potential. In reality, nothing has changed between the ancient and modern athletes. To be optimal, a sports diet should be nutritionally balanced, whilst accommodating the genetic and environmental requirements, the gender and age needs, the demands of the sports discipline, as well as addressing any cultural dietary restrictions.

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