Since the earliest days of sporting endeavour, man has always sought a means of achieving success over his fellow competitors. It is said that Charmis of Sparta attributed his success in foot races in the ancient Olympics to consumption of a diet rich in dried figs, an early example of a convenience food rich in carbohydrate! The pursuit of success has continued to the present day but science has played an increasingly important part in understanding the physiological effects of exercise and in promoting the essential role of diet in the achievement of that success. In particular, this knowledge has facilitated the development of suitably formulated sports drinks which have enabled active individuals to capitalise on their talents.


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