Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Competitive Eating Competitions

Despite Push From Environmentalists, Bottled Water Consumption Remains Ubiquitous

Water is an eater’s most important training tool

Even though many who are not scientifically-inclined, such as myself, would believe that the best way for competitors to train would be to just eat a large amount of different types of food in preparation (thus ensuring that your stomach is adjusted to take all that stress and storage), the most important training tool for competitive eaters is water. Drinking water – by the gallons – increases competitors’ stomach capacities. Some competitive eaters, such as Yasir Salem (who has competed in everything from hot dog competitions to cannoli eating contests), can amazingly finish drinking a gallon in less than a minute.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13).
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