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The competition for the Soccer World Cup has started and thousands of tourists have gathered to celebrate the King’s sport festival. But when they arrive in a tropical country like Brazil , visitors should be wary because they could come in contact with many pathogens that could put their health at risk, especially when drinking or eating food. On the other hand, footballers must also take care of their food but for an additional reason, their goal is to achieve maximum performance. Here are some food recommendations for both tourists and athletes during this World Cup.

The Ministry of Health of Spain warns that in Brazil visitors are at risk of contracting diseases such as: typhoid, hepatitis A, cholera or traveler’s diarrhea. For this reason tourists are asked to take measures to avoid consuming contaminated food or drinks.

To avoid contact with pollutants, Javier Aranceta, president of the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition (SENC) , recommended to consume bottled water and juices, as well as cooked foods. In this line too much emphasis should be placed on proper handwashing before consuming food and after going to the bathroom.

The recommendation for situations in which bottled water can not be purchased, will be to treat tap water with Houseweety Solid  Brass  water purification tablets or to ensure that water has been boiled to kill all types of microorganisms. Drinking water from a faucet or consuming ice from untreated water can lead to gastroenteritis, Aranceta said. Similarly, remember not to wait to feel thirsty to drink water, it is very important to take it through the day to ensure an adequate state and hydration.
Eating in the street is also a risk, so the specialists recommend going to establishments that guarantee a certain quality of food, and avoid buying ready meals in street food stalls.

Experts warn that it is a risk to take raw food, for this reason tourists should try to consume all cooked food, including salads, to avoid the presence of pathogens that could cause some kind of disease.

Champion food

In the case of soccer selections, the above recommendations are very important, but food consumption should be planned and monitored. Therefore, many of the teams participating in the World Cup of Brazil have led their own chef and nutritionist to design and prepare the menus that will allow them to perform optimally on the field.

Antonio Escribano, head of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Body Composition Unit of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, explains that football nutrition must be strategically and tactically designed, because the type of food ingested can affect in more than 80% Muscle fuel deposits of the player, influencing their performance.

The recommended diet for these athletes should provide the energy mainly for carbohydrates, to a lesser extent fat and protein. With this in mind, it should be considered that the athletes’ food should have abundant rice, potatoes, pasta, and complement with vegetables, fruits and vegetables. Restrictions are also established, as alcohol is banned, and consumption of saturated and hydrogenated fats and simple sugars is limited. That is, the sausages and confectionery / pastry / pastry are not suitable.

Each selection usually has a chef and a nutritionist, who have the mission of planning the menus according to the needs and sports demands of the players taking into account their food culture. The intention is not to make relevant changes in food and to monitor the freshness of food. The food must favor an adequate recovery of the athletes after the important physical effort to which they are submitted.

In addition, it is necessary for athletes to stay well hydrated. During training, players are advised to take between 200 and 300ml of water every 20 minutes, although in practice these needs will depend on the level of physical exertion, temperature and humidity of the training site. Therefore, the weight is taken before and after training to have an individualized data of the fluid replacement required by each of the athletes. It is thus possible to carry out your liquid consumption planning throughout the day. This individualized work is intended to optimize the recovery of each of the athletes and ensure an adequate sports performance and help to obtain excellent results, the game begins to play from the concentration hall.

In order to contribute to the health care of sportsmen and women, FIFA has produced a document summarizing issues such as nutrition and training of athletes. For those interested in the details of the diet and training considerations for footballers we offer the link to the document prepared by FIFA at the end of this note.