Production of sports nutrition: myths and reality

Sports nutrition: myths and reality

How does the average athlete who regularly visits the gym choose sports nutrition? He usually relies on information that he can glean from popular Internet articles and advice that his comrades in the hardware gave him. Like, why is this protein working? Yes, because it is advertised by one of the winners, Mr. Olympia. Can he be bad? But this one is complete nonsense. And the packaging is somehow faceless, and Vasya from the neighboring front door drinks it in buckets, and as he was a thin sleeper, he remained so.

All these are just myths and legends that are far from reality. Neither a well-known brand nor a high price, much less advertising, can guarantee the quality and “performance” of a product that an athlete buys. 

After all, only some companies that produce sports nutrition produce raw materials. Yes, she mixes sports supplements, adds various ingredients, packages them and sells them. But the very cherished components that contain protein, amino acids, vitamins and other “building blocks” for building an ideal body are purchased by sports nutrition manufacturers from specialized companies and raw material suppliers.

For example, the largest producers of whey protein are large dairy companies (mainly hard cheeses) from Europe and the USA. Companies supply collagen proteins from France. Most amino acids are produced in China, and a small amount – in Japan and Switzerland, but they are quite expensive and are practically not used in the production of sports nutrition. 

Creatine monohydrate, beloved by straight athletes, is produced by only a few factories in China and Germany. At the same time, German creatine monohydrate is produced only under the brand name Creapure®; it is much higher quality and, accordingly, more expensive.

So, it turns out that sports nutrition manufacturers draw their name on the packages, wind up the price and cash in on poor athletes? No, this is far from true. After all, food manufacturers also need to work on their raw materials. But for some reason, some brands’ pasta, ketchup or sausages are wildly popular and in demand; they have excellent taste and quality, and you don’t even want to take some products in your hands. Although the price, plus or minus, is the same.

So it is with sports nutrition. Firstly, it is important to know where the manufacturer of sports supplements buys raw materials and how he checks and controls its quality. Secondly, a lot depends on the additional ingredients that are used in the preparation of sports nutrition. For example, sugar can be added to a gainer to enhance the mass-gaining effect, which provokes fat deposition, or maybe maltodextrin, which is better absorbed and does not spoil the figure. 

The protein may contain natural cocoa powder or even crushed fruit to enhance the taste. But if the manufacturer decides to save money, he will add ordinary food coloring there. Thirdly, the proportions in which the various components are mixed are very important. Say, amino acids or vitamin complexes. These proportions affect the fact that

It is no less misleading to assume that if a sports drink is imported and expensive, it is necessarily good and just super-super. Let’s remember the beginning of the 90s when our country was flooded with foreign food products. 

Then they were new and in great demand. But years passed, and we all became convinced that our manufacturers could produce products no worse than foreign ones and often even better and cheaper.

It is the same with sports nutrition to increase strength: fortunately, in Ukraine, sports nutrition brands have been on the market for more than one year and have proven themselves very well. For example, the Vansiton company has been operating since 1993. 

It is well known not only by amateurs in the basement “rocking chairs” but also by eminent professional athletes, such as the Champion of Ukraine in bodybuilding, winner of the Arnold Classic tournament Andrey Sharapov, 15-time Champion of Ukraine, Champion of Arnold Classic and World Champion Valery Koptenko, four-time Champion of Ukraine in bodybuilding and Champion of Kyiv Denis Osadchy, master of sports in athletics, member of the National Team of Ukraine Oleksandr Karpenko and many others.

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In addition, Vansiton has the necessary quality certificates. Among them is the ISO 22000:2007 safety management certificate, which meets the international HACCP standard. The company is also currently undergoing ISO 22000:2005 certification. All sports revex – 16 supplements are prepared according to recipes that have been worked out over the years and approved by sports doctors and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. All stages of production are controlled, from specialized equipment to a high sanitary conditions of production. 

In addition, Vansiton products have a reasonable and reasonable price. Not sky-high, but not suspiciously low either. Of course, each of us wants to save money. But when a kilogram of whey protein costs 200 UAH or even less, this should alert you. Yes, and if you wish, you can find on the Internet many tests of such budget products, in which instead of 60-70%, there is 40-50% protein, and everything else is powdered milk or starch. 

In the case of Vansiton, the athlete can be sure that he will receive a clean and 100% working product. Well, the fact that this is a national manufacturer is doubly pleasant. After all, this is the result of the work of a large number of people, each of whom is responsible for the quality of sports nutrition.

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