Jaffa Cakes - official energy snack to the England cricket team

We're no nutritionist, but are jaffa cakes really recommended for sportspersons?

According to the ECB's press release:

"Jaffa cakes ... are often eaten by sports men and women due to the high-energy credentials and the fact each cake has only 1g of fat."

Well, considering that Kevin Pietersen settles his pre-innings nerves with about eight cans of the ludicrously over-caffeinated drink, Red Bull, maybe World Cup drinks breaks may feature the Jaffa Cake. England's cricketers maybe aren't as diet conscious as they might be.

We rather suspect that the Jaffa-Cake-as-sport-snack line was the only way they could link cricket to Jaffa Cakes though.

They should have said that Jaffa Cakes are widely used to mark out the fielding restrictions during the power plays. Or that bowlers use them for marking the start of their run-ups.

Also, while we think about it, 1g of fat? Just how heavy IS a Jaffa Cake? That sounds like a fair percentage to us.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007


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2 Comments:

Anonymous harrowdrive said...

The power of the Jaffa.

Actually, those humble cakes/biscuits are not too bad for a quick burst of energy but I can think of a lot better things to eat for energy. Like pasta, fruit or veg.

You can't exactly pop them in your pocket and nibble on them between overs either. Boiled sweets are handy though. They pass the time sucking on them while you are waiting for someone to retrieve Saj Mahmood's last ball.

6:35 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

We always thought that players sucked boiled sweets for the ball tampering benefits.

Perhaps the humble Jaffa Cake is the perfect tool. The jelly inner could function as a protective glaze for one side of the ball and the biscuity outer could be used for scuffing the other side.

The plot thickens.

8:25 am  

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