The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has released a new guide centred around the types of sports nutrition which people with active lifestyles should consume before, during and after exercise.

As part of a consumer education campaign to ‘stop the spread of misinformation’, the guide explains not just the importance of nutrition and supplementation, but how to correctly time nutritional intake around workouts, detailing the nutrients needed by the body before, during and after exercise, as well as hints to help consumers select the right products for themselves.

The campaign comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which ESSNA has ‘witnessed an increase in people turning to the internet and as a result, an increase in the spread of misinformation online’.

It’s a must read for all active people

Adam Carey, chair of ESSNA, comments: “This guide will support active people across Europe of all ages and backgrounds to get the most out of their exercise. Whether you’re working out at home, running outside or … a professional sportsperson training once again, this guide will help you to support your body through sports nutrition. This guide provides key information on many sports categories, including what is the best time to intake proteins, carbohydrates, fats, caffeine and much more. It’s a must read for all active people. ESSNA is committed to supporting the safety of consumers and our guides such as this one have been created to help us fulfil that commitment.

“ESSNA’s priority is, of course, the safety of its consumers and we intend the advice presented in this guide to be taken in relation to the restrictions imposed by each European country. We urge everyone to ensure they abide by government advice and minimize contact as much as possible. In addition, as always ESSNA’s advice to consumers who have specific nutritional needs or those are unsure about what is best for them is to consider talking to a performance nutritionist or to a trainer.”