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New study explores doping risk of protein fortified foods

As athletes look for ways to fuel their performance, there is an ongoing interest in protein fortified foods (PFFs) like protein bars, protein balls and smoothies in sports nutrition.

These foods have recently come under the spotlight of Dr Larissa Trease, medical advisor for Sports Integrity Australia.

“While foods such as muesli bars and Up and Go may be convenient protein sources, protein powders carry the risk of containing banned substances she explains.

Fortified foods and drinks that contained added ingredients or nutrients intended to produce a nutritional benefit, are tightly controlled by Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

But what about foods containing ‘added protein’?

The Australian Institute of Sport, Sports Australia and Sports Integrity Australia recently conducted research into commercially manufactured PFFs and compared these to foods prepared in cafes and retail outlets summarized in a recent press release well worth reading

Find out

  • What foods are considered to be low and high risk?
  • What about foods found in cafés and supermarkets?
  • If protein supplements are not PFFs what is the difference?
    (There are resources available to help such as factsheets and reports on the subject)

Jeni Pearce Technical lead Performance Nutrition HPSNZ follows up this Press release with a cautionary note to athletes in NZ that:

“ I have been aware of this work and it only relates to food manufactured in Australia. The sports food group are labelled PFF’s Protein Fortified Foods (everyday foods that have been modified with the addition of protein and usually promoted to athletes or active individuals).  Please note although Low risk –  it is not no risk.  There is still a potential risk with some groups of foods such as hemp based foods, and items with the addition of protein powders being greater risk.  This area remains buyer beware and is an increasing options for all athletes in the supermarkets.

As mentioned in the release (above) there is a risk for athletes at retail outlets providing drink stations and smoothie bars where herbals, any form of protein powder (pea, soy, whey) and propriety blends including maca powders are  added to drinks.  Athletes who are tested under the WADA prohibited list are advised to avoid these options. [ENDS]

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