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Food and Sports Essay

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Food and Sports


Billions of people around the world enjoy playing or watching sports as a great recreational activity. The object of almost any sport is to be the best at something. To be the best, an athlete must practice and train and consistently perform at the highest level possible. An athlete must push the body to the limit. If an athlete is to gain the best possible results from training and practice, the value of food and well balanced diet is of the utmost importance.


Food becomes the main component of the human body. Even as food is being savored, it is meeting nutritional needs. Every humans life relies on food to provide daily energy. Food is the tissue in bodies, and is the regulator of…show more content…

At least twenty-one different minerals are necessary for a healthy person. Examples include sodium and fluorine. Sodium is found in very large amounts in areas such as extracellular fluid and perspiration. Fluorine is used by the body in dental and bone formations. Many times minerals are not kept in proper balance, and this causes the body to not perform at peak levels. Eventually lack of minerals can cause severe harm against a person. Vitamins are organic substances that function as chemical regulators. Vitamins are necessary in life for growth and maintenance. Since vitamins are needed in such small quantity, even a poor diet usually provides all the required vitamins needed by a person. The important aspect of vitamins for an athlete is that an athlete needs the same amount of vitamins as an average person. Many people, including non-athletes, take vitamins everyday. Vitamins; however, do not contribute to body structure. Vitamins are also not an energy source. In fact excess vitamins can cause damage. Vitamins that are soluble are simply excreted, but insoluble vitamins are eventually stored liver. These vitamins can have toxic effects if taken for extended periods of time.


Fats, carbohydrates, and proteins fuel an athlete. Fats are the most concentrated source of food energy available. Because of this fats are used to store excess energy. The American Heart Association has stated that thirty to

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Health food is food purported to be beneficial to human health in ways that go beyond a normal healthy diet required for human nutrition. Foods marketed as health foods may be part of one or more of the following categories: natural foods, organic foods, whole foods, and sometimes vegetarian foods or dietary supplements. These products are sold in health food stores or in the health food or organic sections of supermarkets.

Health claims[edit]

Main article: Health claims on food labels

In the United States, health-related claims on nutrition facts labels are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while advertising is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.

According to the FDA, "Health claims describe a relationship between a food, food component, or dietary supplement ingredient, and reducing risk of a disease or health-related condition".[1]

In general, claims of health benefits for specific foodstuffs have not been evaluated by national regulatory agencies. Additionally, research funded by manufacturers or marketers that may form the basis of such marketing claims has been shown to result in more favorable results than independently funded research.[2]

While there is no precise definition for "health food", the United StatesFood and Drug Administration has warned food manufacturers against labeling foods as being "healthy" when they have a high sugar, salt, or fat content.[3]


The following is a non-exhaustive list of foods that have been considered healthy:

  • Apple cider vinegar, a fruit vinegar considered a health food
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Certain cereal products:
    • Corn flakes, patented food invented in
    • Digestive biscuit, English baked good from , containing fiber and sometimes sodium bicarbonate
    • Graham cracker, cracker made with whole grain Graham flour ()
    • Graham bread, a type of whole wheat bread
    • Granola, a food made from mixed, toasted grains
    • Granula, the first manufactured breakfast cereal ()
    • Grape-Nuts, an American breakfast cereal made from baked and ground grain ()
    • Muesli, breakfast cereal of rolled oats, fruit and nuts, made by a Swiss doctor ()
    • Shredded wheat, whole wheat cereal ()
  • Eggplant, hosts of vitamin and minerals, and also contains important phytonutrients
  • Herbal extract, plants, often medicinal that are concentrated and standardized
  • Herbal teas
  • Honey, a naturally occurring whole sweetener
  • Malt, whole sprouted barley
  • Meat analogue, a dietary alternative to meat, found in some vegetarian and vegan diets[4]
  • Molasses, black strap molasses has been sold as a health food
  • Certain oils, including olive oil and fish oil
  • Postum, a coffee alternative from [5]
  • Yogurt, traditional cultured milk product

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