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Are there special nutrition needs for football players?

Football is considered an anaerobic sport (short bursts of stop-and-go energy), so carbohydrate (the primary nutrient in anaerobic energy production) is very important. Football players require 55 to 60% of their daily caloric intake to come from carbohydrates, 15-20% from protein and 25-30% from fat. Carbohydrate-containing foods with lower fat should be emphasized: whole wheat bagels over doughnuts, baked potato or baked sweet potato over fries, grilled chicken over fried, etc. and limited fast food. Upping the amount of carbohydrates in your diet will provide you with more available energy during practice and games. Less fried foods will decrease the chance of stomach upset.

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