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Fried, processed foods banned from Canada Games

08/08/2013 06:28 EDT | Updated 10/08/2013 05:12 EDT
The Canada Games, currently running in Sherbrooke, Quebec, have banned certain foods for the first time.

P.E.I. chef and Food Network host Michael Smith told CBC News the ban on deep fried and processed foods is being well received by the athletes. Smith is in Sherbrooke as part of a team helping to prepare 10,000 meals a day for the young athletes.

"For them to be in an atmosphere of health and nutrition and wellness is just such an easy decision for us to make," said Smith.

"They are very susceptible to learning, and learning about how they can be their best and be at peak performance, and to be surrounded by junk food is just frankly unconscionable."

The ban means no pop, no fries, no fryers, no processed food, and no candy. Instead the athletes are eating freshly prepared fruits, vegetables, meats and grains.

Smith said all the empty plates are a testament to how the athletes are enjoying the meals.

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