Last updated on March 16th, 2023 at 08:44 PM
August is deemed to be a carnival month for sports enthusiasts. China will usher in the 11th National Fitness Day, and a variety of sports activities will be launched across the country.
When focusing on these sports events, the daily training and diet of professional athletes have also become a hot topic.
For professional athletes, the proper intake of healthy fats is especially important, which helps to protect their organs and sustain normal biochemical functions and feel less hungry. One of the best sources of healthy fats is olive oil.
Esteemed sports nutrition expert and exercise physiologist, Professor Asker Jeukendrup, sheds light on the significance of choosing the right fats for athletes in his riveting publication, Sports Nutrition: Nutrition Guidelines for Athletes to Perform Better and Recover Faster.
The professor specifically hails olive oil as a stellar option that packs a punch of fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids – crucial for warding off disease, inflammation, and catapulting sports performance.
This golden elixir has garnered a fan following among some of the world’s top athletes, including Spanish tennis virtuoso, Rafael Nadal. Swearing by a diet laced with olive oil, the Grand Slam champion attributes the nutrient-dense potion to his enviable physique and strength. So, the next time you’re yearning to enhance your athletic prowess, take a cue from the pros and let the magic of olive oil do the talking!
Behold the unparalleled champion of olive oil production – Europe! While the continent reigns supreme in this liquid gold rush, Spain emerges as its crowning glory. Donning the esteemed title of the world’s largest producer and exporter, it is no wonder that Spanish olive oil is highly sought after for its exceptional quality.
Now, imagine this: Nestled within this vibrant nation lies an enchanting realm spanning over 2.5 million hectares, boasting more than 340 million olive trees. The result? Earth’s most extensive humanized forest and an abundance of flourishing olive groves.
In a not-so-distant land, the allure of Spanish olive oil proves irresistible to the Chinese market. A staggering 88.40% of the total olive oil sales between January and March were proudly imported from Spain, accounting for over 10,000 tons. This rising demand has witnessed an 85.42% increase in volume, with a jaw-dropping 240 million yuan amassed in just three months. Spain, it seems, has truly captured the hearts and taste buds of olive oil connoisseurs the world over.
Diving into the world of sports events unveils a fascinating realm of professional athletes’ daily regimes, with their meticulous training schedules and dietary choices garnering significant attention.
One key aspect of these superhero-like individuals’ diets is, undoubtedly, the consumption of healthy fats, which serve as protective shields for their organs and maintain pristine biochemical functions, all while curbing hunger.
At the forefront of nutritious fat sources is the humble olive oil, arming athletes with a robust supply of natural antioxidants such as polyphenols and vitamin E.
These powerful substances act as formidable guardians, shielding athletes from free radicals that may wreak havoc during oxygen-intensive physical activities.
In 2018, Olive Oils from Spain in collaboration with the European Union launched a three-year promotional campaign of Olive Oil World Tour which is committed to promoting the health benefits of olive oil and the European healthy lifestyle around the world.
Since then, Olive Oils from Spain have successfully brought the unique culture and innumerable applications of olive oil to Chinese consumers.