Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) submitted health claim on Carbohydrate solutions & its contribution to the improvement of intense physical performance is now authorised for use on sport drinks!

May 12, 2021
Sébastien Bouley

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) welcomes the Commission Regulation 2021/686 concerning the authorisation of a health claim on carbohydrate solutions contributing to the improvement of physical performance during a high-intensity and long-lasting physical exercise in healthy trained adults.

This Regulation was finalised following the submission of the SNE application in 2017 and a subsequent positive EFSA opinion published in March 2018, highlighting the beneficial effect of carbohydrate solutions in the improvement of physical performance during high-intensity and long-lasting physical exercise.

Carbohydrate solutions are beneficial during exercise for the maintenance of blood glucose levels, especially for endurance exercise lasting longer than one hour for physically active, trained or well-trained healthy adults. SNE considers this Commission Regulation as a stepping stone towards the adaptation of the General (EU) Food Law for sports food, which should ensure its safe use, and the provision of appropriate information for sportspeople. Sports nutrition is specifically designed and formulated to respond to the very specific nutritional needs of athletes and sportspeople. As part of the EU Farm to Fork strategy, SNE supports the design of specific rules for sports nutrition, to ensure their safe use and the provision of appropriate information for sportspeople.

To know more, you can consult the full report about carbohydrate solutions from the EFSA Journal.