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Athletes (and Coaches) Say the Darndest Things

Rosenbloom, Christine PhD, RD, CSSD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e31819dc6da
Nutrition and Physical Activity

From 1952 to 1969, the television show "House Party," hosted by Art Linkletter, featured a segment of interviews with school children, aged 5 to 10 years old. The segment entitled "Kids Say the Darndest Things" became a hit, spawning several books and a revival series hosted by Bill Cosby from 1998 to 2000. This article revisits the premise by reviewing some of the "darndest" things that athletes and coaches say about nutrition and sports performance. This review will cover topics on caffeine and hydration, sports drinks and high-fructose corn syrup and dental erosion, and fasting for competition

Debunking nutrition myths in sports

Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, is a professor of nutrition at Georgia State University. She provides nutrition counseling to the athletes at Georgia State and conducts research in sports nutrition.

Correspondence: Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, Division of Nutrition, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303 (

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