Selection and Intake of Carbohydrate, Protein, and Vegetables Among NCAA Division I Athletes
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Athletes have high calorie and nutrient needs that are impacted by and vary according to their training (frequency, intensity, and duration), gender, and body composition, among other factors. In general, athletes require more carbohydrate, protein, and fluids than nonathletes to support optimal performance and decrease risk of injury. Based on current performance nutrition recommendations, a majority of an athlete’s diet should consist of carbohydrate-rich foods to provide fuel for working muscles as well as glucose for the brain and red blood cells. Protein recommendations for athletes are also higher compared with the general population and range from 1.2 g to 2 g/kg body weight, compared with 0.8 g/kg for the general population.
Brown K, Ellis J, Worden S, Brown L, Krick R, Anderson A. Selection and Intake of Carbohydrate, Protein, and Vegetables Among NCAA Division I Athletes. SCAN’s Pulse. 2018: 37(2): 11-15. (1-6)