A football ingredient known as “carbalose” has become the worst, as football fans increasingly turn to cheap, unhealthy alternatives.
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that the most common ingredient in football drinks is flour, with most of the products being made with wheat flour.
“This is a worrying trend as the main ingredient in many sports drinks is wheat flour,” study author Dr David Prentice said.
According to Prentice, most football drinks are made with ingredients such as maltodextrin, soy lecithin, and yeast.
Carbohydrate is the second most commonly found in the products, and the study found that a quarter of the drinks contained more than 10g of carbohydrate per serving.
The report also found that only a third of the samples were high in fibre and only a quarter contained protein.
Other ingredients that appeared in more than half the drinks were artificial sweeteners, artificial flavours, preservatives and flavours, and added sugar.
Dr Prentice also found flour was the most commonly used football ingredient, with almost three quarters of the studies containing more than 25g of flour per serving, followed by soy lecanthal, barley flour, cornflour, and corn starch.
The study also found the most popular ingredients included:Soy lecistin (20%), corn starch (18%), wheat flour (15%), and cornstarch (14%).
“The use of ingredients such for example soy lecaestin, corn starch, wheat flour and corn gum have increased, and it is not surprising given the fact that they are used for their softening properties,” Dr Prentice added.
“There is also a significant increase in the use of artificial sweetener and flavourings.”
These additives are commonly added to foodstuffs and it should be clear to consumers that these are not the best alternatives to real ingredients.
“The study shows that there are many more ways to add a few extra calories than there are to remove them.”
Facts and figuresFootball drink manufacturers claim they are “fairly fair” to the food industry, but the British Nutrition Foundation has warned of a potential health hazard in the manufacture of products such as Football Italica’s Carbalos.
Researchers found that when researchers added artificial sweetened beverages to football drinks, they made them more palatable, with the drinkers reporting feeling fuller and less full after consuming the drinks.
They also said that if people were to consume the same amount of carbs in their diet, they would experience less pain and fatigue.
But the BNF has warned that the trend of eating low-carbohydrate, low-fat foods can lead to a reduction in blood sugar levels, as well as a rise in insulin levels, which can result in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
BNC chief executive Joanna Williams said: “The research demonstrates that many consumers will be misled by companies who claim they provide a safe and nutritious alternative to carbohydrates.”
“In a recent study, it was found that more than a third were drinking their favourite sports drinks as a result of a misguided belief that a drink would provide them with a boost to energy and boost their physical activity.”
We want to reassure consumers that the science does not support such claims and the research shows that consuming a carbohydrate-rich food, such as a sports drink, will not increase a person’s risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes.
“Dr Pyle’s study also suggested that if you choose to drink a football drink, try to eat as much carbohydrate as you can.
In a study, he and his colleagues found that people who were eating less carbohydrate and more fat were more likely to consume a low-calorie, low fat diet.”
Our study shows this to be the case and we believe that this can have an effect on our metabolic profile,” he said.”
However, the results do not suggest that these individuals will develop type 2 diabetic or insulin resistant diabetes.