Is your favourite sports team making you unhealthy?

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Everyone knows a balanced diet with plenty of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, protein, omega-3 and other essentials is important to stay healthy. What many people won’t know however, is all of the reasons that we don’t always eat and live the way we should for optimum health.

One way we might fall down with our healthy eating habits is because of the results of our favourite sports team’s latest loss, according to researchers. According to a recent study by the INSEAD Business School, on the Monday after a football team loses a big game, fans are far more likely to reach for snacks and meals that will weigh them down. Conversely, supporters of the winning team are more likely to opt for healthier snacks and meals1.

These findings come in the wake of a multitude of studies showing how poor sporting results contribute to negative emotional behaviours. However, this is one of the first studies to consider the relationship between sporting results and healthy or unhealthy eating habits1.

Actual data gleaned from studying people in over 20 cities for two seasons of NFL games showed how supporters of losing teams ate about 16 per cent more saturated fats on the Monday following the match than they usually would. For supporters of the winning team, the following Monday usually saw 9 per cent less saturated fat consumed compared to their usual intake1.

Awareness of some of the reasons why you might not be getting all of the vitamins and nutrients you need is an important first step toward finding natural remedies to these deficiencies.

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Published June 11, 2014
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