2012 London Olympics Food: The Ultimate Guide to the Crazy, Unbelievable Eating Habits of Olympic Athletes

August 3, 2012 10:35 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
The Summer 2012 London Olympics. (Photo: Creative Commons)

For those of you who thought the food pyramid's recommendation for five-to-eleven servings of grain a day was a little daunting, prepare to be floored. Here's your guide to the crazy dining preparation hoops through which the staff behind London's Olympic Village is currently jumping.

This should probably be an Olympics event in and of itself.

Those 5-11 servings of bread? Stop whining. Alongside the 24-hour meal service and 60,000 anticipated dishes served, 25,000 loaves of bread will be eaten by Olympians. And that's before the appetizers even come out!

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Our parents always told us that milk was good for our bones, and its ubiquity at the London Olympics is proof that there was something to those recommendations. The London Olympic Village is prepared for athletes to drink 75,000 liters of milk. Somewhere out there, the dairy fairy has a huge headache.

And for everyone who complained that they weren't getting enough fruits and vegetables, know that there's pretty much a group of superhumans out there who are doing exactly that. During the London Olympics, 330 tons of fruits and vegetables are going to be eaten by our world's athletes, including the 16 ripe bananas that Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake eats every day to keep his potassium level soaring to the extent to which they need.

Jiro may dream of sushi, but Japanese marathon runner Naoko Takahashi is putting it away. Naoko eats fifty pieces of raw fish during his training sessions, or roughly the equivalent of two kilos of fish. We're a little jealous that we weren't born national marathon running sensations, but I suppose that's just the role of the dice.

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