Sport: Who Needs Steaks?

After a long overdue medical checkup, some of the hoariest traditions of sport were declared no better than a hypochondriac's fancies.

¶ The training-table menu of steaks and chops is an overworked ritual, say a trio of Harvard doctors in the current Journal of the American Medical Association. Good red meat is good for anyone; but though it may make an athlete think he is stronger, it works no more magic than the ground lions'-teeth with which ancient warriors spiced their meals. For the most part, "there is considerable doubt whether manipulation of an adequate diet can enhance performance . . ....

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