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Mexico Travel Food Guide for Athletes

This is a guide for athletes traveling to Mexico, about what to expect and how to be prepared.

For athletes traveling around the world, there are challenges not only finding food that you like, but finding healthy food that can meet your requirements as an athlete. For someone traveling to a new country and culture, this may seem overwhelming. Those from anywhere but Mexico may find it hard to find the foods they are familiar with from home. Sometimes it is just knowing where to look. This article is to help guide someone who is planning to travel to Mexico in their chosen sport.

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Food in Mexico

You may think you know what Mexican food is, but the Mexican restaurants found in Western countries have a modified menu. In Mexico the food will be different, and it is a big country and there are regional differences. Most food is spicy or served with some form of chili, and you will find that the meals are served with salsa, salsa, salsa!

Main nutrient sources

Tacos with beans and rice

What if you don't like Mexican food?

Self-catering Options

When traveling to another country, it is usually cheaper to self-cater. Self-catering is possible in Mexico, though most of the places you will stay will not have facilities to enable you to cook your own meals. There are many mini-marts and supermarkets which stock a large range of foods, but with the language barrier you may find it hard to decipher what they are. For athletes with food allergies or intolerances this is a significant problem.

Street food in Mexico Street food in Mexico

Food Safety in Mexico

Things you may need to bring from home?

Gels, supplements, medications.

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