As Heinz tell runners to fuel themselves on KETCHUP - top athletes reveal the ... trends now

As Heinz tell runners to fuel themselves on KETCHUP - top athletes reveal the ... trends now
As Heinz tell runners to fuel themselves on KETCHUP - top athletes reveal the ... trends now

As Heinz tell runners to fuel themselves on KETCHUP - top athletes reveal the ... trends now

Ketchup is the nation's favorite condiment. And according to leading brand Heinz, it also serves an unexpected health use. 

A recent advert for the tomato sauce claimed, 'runners everywhere are using Heinz ketchup packets on their runs.'

The company has even devised running routes in the shape of its logo in cities, including New York, highlighting restaurants where runners can grab a packet of ketchup on route.

While the condiment might seem like an unlikely running fuel, it contains two key components needed by runners: simple carbohydrates and salt. 

A recent video released by Heinz claimed that 'runners everywhere are using Heinz ketchup packets on their runs'

A recent video released by Heinz claimed that 'runners everywhere are using Heinz ketchup packets on their runs'

The body breaks carbohydrates down into glucose, which is used to fuel muscles, and we lose salt (which contains vital minerals) when we sweat.

 However, dietitians have highlighted flaws in this method of fuelling: there's too much salt in one pack, and you'd have to carry at least 15 packets with you, they say.

But top athletes, performing at their peak, have an array of alternative suggestions - which are equally as uncoventional.

And below, New-York based dietitian Cara Anselmo gives their verdict. 

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper previously revealed that his pre-game snack is Eggo waffles.

He said: 'I eat Eggo waffles. It has to be Eggo before the game. I mean, it’s really weird. PB [peanut butter] and honey. I’m really superstitious.'

Mountain bikers, runners and baseball players say that an array of junk food get them through races: from waffles to cinnamon roll Pop-Tarts

Mountain bikers, runners and baseball players say that an array of junk food get them through races: from waffles to cinnamon roll Pop-Tarts

Clare Gallagher, an ultrarunner and ambassador for clothing brand Patagonia, swears by frosting as a cost-effective way to keep up energy levels during a face.

'I was completely disenchanted at the thought of buying 20-plus gels, and I am a sucker for frosting anyway. It occurred to me that I’d actually like the frosting better than gels,' Ms Gallagher told Outside.

'I hate to think my genius frosting idea was born out of me being cheap, but it really was just that,' she added.

Ms Gallagher is now sponsored by Frost’d, a coconut oil–based frosting company started by fellow ultrarunner Jessica Hamel.

Cara Anselmo, a New York-based registered dietitian, said frosting is easy to consume on the go, with no chewing required. 

It is also good for a quick hit of energy, and the lack of fiber means it won't make you need to use the toilet, she

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