Dietitians Blog

Collegiate and Professional Sports Dieticians AssociationThe Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) represents the vast majority of Advanced Practice Registered Dietitians in the United States who work full-time with athletes in colleges, professional sports, Olympic training centers, the U.S. Military and in law enforcement. CPSDA's member-driven national not-for-profit organization speaks with one voice on behalf of America's leading Sports RDs and is founded on the fundamental "food first" principle that "whole foods are the best fuel"

Our Sports RDs are well trained, highly educated credible practitioners who stay ahead of the curve on banned substances, performance and recovery topics, and on body composition assessment. We are ethical advisors who track outcome-based research, maintain transparency in our professional relationships, and fully support anti-doping initiatives.



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Caffeine is the most widely-used stimulant in the world. It’s found in coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and energy shots, as well as some sports gels, dietary supplements, over-the-counter medications, and combat ration items (pudding, gum, and mints). In moderate doses, caffeine can boost both physical and mental performance. As with other stimulants, though, too much caffeine can have negative consequences, so it’s important to be aware of how much caffeine you’re consuming, and use it appropriately and strategically.

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How Much Protein Can Your Muscles Absorb In One Sitting?

How Much Protein Can Your Muscles Absorb In One Sitting?

Here’s what you should really do if you want to maximize your gain


It would seem logical that the more protein you pack away during a meal, the bigger your muscles would grow.

But your body doesn’t work that way. There’s a certain amount of protein your muscles can absorb in one sitting.

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How Much Protein Can Your Body Use from One Meal?

Steak is a high protein meal

Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD

Sports Nutrition Expert, Spokesperson, Author

How much protein can your body digest and use at a time? If you you eat the right amount of protein at every meal you’ll supposedly hit the sweet spot – maximum muscle growth and satiety (fullness) without wasting food or money.… Continue Reading...

Major Leaguers taking new approach to health, nutrition

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How Much Protein You Really Need In Your Diet?

How Much Protein You Really Need In Your Diet

By Stephanie Lee

Getting enough protein is important, regardless of whether you want healthy skin and nails, to lose weight, or get bulging biceps. But “enough” could be the difference between eating a few extra eggs and washing down your steak with protein shakes. Here’s how to find out.

The “Official Guideline” Is Enough to Maintain, But More Is Better

Muscles hog most of the limelight, but healthy skin, hair, hormones, and organ function all require protein too.… Continue Reading...

Protein for the Growing Athlete


By Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Do you believe protein is the “magic pill” of sports nutrition or are you just “making ends meet,” trying to get enough protein in your young athlete’s diet? Boasting benefits like enhanced sports performance, muscle gain and improved post-event recovery, protein seems to have magical powers, and young athletes are looking for more.… Continue Reading...

Energy Drinks: A No-No for Young Athletes

By Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Red Bull, Rock Star, Amp, Monster Energy—enticing labels for a tired and thirsty athlete. Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing segments of drink sales in America and their popularity is growing, especially among youth. Athletes use energy drinks to rehydrate after a workout, boost attention and focus during school, “wake up,” or as a routine beverage at mealtime.… Continue Reading...

5 Reasons Every Adult Needs To Be Drinking More Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk tastes like childhood. Whether you preferred Hershey’s syrup or you were a Nesquik kid, it wasn’t just a drink, it was a way of life. But somewhere along the way, adults stopped drinking chocolate milk, and it remains a distant, delicious memory.


Fortunately for all you adults, we’ve got five reasons to stir up some chocolatey goodness again — using low-fat milk, of course!… Continue Reading...

Better breakfast, better grades

Just as mothers have been telling their kids for generations, new research shows that eating breakfast helps kids to learn

A new study from the University of Iowa reinforces the connection between good nutrition and good grades, finding that free school breakfasts help students from low-income families perform better academically.

The study finds students who attend schools that participate in the U.S.

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Energy drinks raise resting blood pressure, with effect most dramatic in those not used to caffeine

Date:  March 13, 2015
Source:  Mayo Clinic
Summary:  Healthy young adults who don’t consume caffeine regularly experienced greater rise in resting blood pressure after consumption of a commercially available energy drink — compared to a placebo drink — thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events, researchers found.… Continue Reading...