ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Course #4: Food with Benefits: Gain the Competitive Edge...

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Food with Benefits: Gain the Competitive Edge with a “Food First” Approach

By Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., RDN, CSSD and Alexis Moore, RDN

Taking a “food first” approach offers many benefits to athletes including: eliminating the risk for a positive drug test, helping meet nutrition needs on and off the field, and saving money. If training, sleep, and nutrition are optimal, then a supplement may provide a small benefit. Whole foods can meet the energy demands pre, during, and post exercise, and provide nutrients for optimal bone and blood health, antioxidant function.


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Learning Objectives

After reading this article, the health and fitness professional should be able to:

  • Describe macronutrient and micronutrient recommendations for active individuals.
  • Recommend whole-food options and their nutrient profile for replacing supplements in the diets of active individuals.

Key words: Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Performance, Sports Nutrition, Whole Foods


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ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Article #4
ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Test #4