Thursday, December 29, 2005

Indian football academy converts to Western food

Gone are the days of biryani, kebabs and north Indian food from the menu of Tata Football Academy cadets, Jayesh Thaker reported in The Telegraph. “Western fare, pasta, spaghetti and baked beans, comprise the new diet chart for the budding footballers”.

TFA sources said the new diet chart was prepared in consultation with a dietician and a nutritionist. “Western fares carry more fibre, which will help cadets maintain a healthy diet. Most of them have started relishing it after, of course, initial complaints,” they added.

TFA chief Satish Pillai confirmed the academy had been planning to introduce Western food for quite some time. “It is better to make the cadets habituated with western food as most of them represent the country for soccer tournaments abroad,” he said.

See also: Important findings on football nutrition and fitness (30 Nov)

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