A new website application for athletes called Dietary
Analysis Tool for Athletes (D.A.T.A.) has been validated as accurately
recording dietary intake based on the 24-hour recall method. "This tool
offers sports dieticians and health professionals a new, quick alternative to
analyse athletes' dietary intake," said Lindsay Baker, PhD, Principal
Scientist, Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
To confirm the accuracy of the tool, Baker and colleagues
compared D.A.T.A. with the USDA 5-step multiple-pass method.
How the study was
A total of 56 athletes ages 14-20 participated in the study.
Statistical analysis showed the methods of recall were comparable in estimating
24-hour intake of energy, carbohydrate, protein, total fat, water and several
According to Baker, this digital tool, with an integrated
database, generates a report immediately after the recall, which helps sports
health professionals provide quick feedback for the athlete. The D.A.T.A. tool
and additional sports nutrition resources can be found at GSSIweb.org.
For the database details, nutrient values are obtained from
the USDA database as well as restaurant websites and sports nutrition product
labels. While the study focused on teen athletes, Baker believes D.A.T.A. could
help dieticians and sports health professionals accurately analyse the fluid
and food intake of athletes of all ages.
This study was funded by the Gatorade Sports Science