Dancer's Nutrition Essay

989 Words May 4th, 2013 4 Pages
Dancer’s nutrition
To be a healthy and successful dancer you need a balanced diet to ensure your body has maximum energy. A massive part of a dancer’s health is what they consume and the nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre and water that they take in through these foods. The amount of these nutrients that are in the food we eat varies a lot so we need to make sure we eat a variety of different foods to fulfil the body’s requirements of all nutrients. The five main types of food that we need to eat are Fat and sugar; Milk and dairy; Meat, fish and alternatives; Bread, cereal and potatoes; Fruit and vegetables.
The first but smallest section of a healthy diet is Fat and sugar, in order to maintain a
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If you don’t take enough calcium on a regular basis, there is a greater risk of suffering from stress fractures during your dance career, and osteoporosis when you are older. Foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt should be consumed in the right amount.
The next section is Meat, fish and alternatives. A main source of iron is found in these foods. Iron is an important mineral, which is essential in keeping the body healthy. It is necessary for the dancer for maximum energy and peak performance. A lack of iron can leave you feeling tired and prone to infections. If the condition gets worse, more dramatic symptoms may develop such as severe fatigue, cramps, headaches, shortness of breath, poor stamina and feeling the cold more than usual. Therefore it is vital that dancers consume about 12% meat, fish and alternatives on a regular basis to make sure that they have full energy to dance and they don’t fall ill. Lean red meat is the best source of iron because it has 'haem' iron in it, which is well absorbed by the body. Red meat has double the iron as chicken and three times as much iron as fish. Generally, the darker the colour of the meat the more iron it contains and the more energy is provides.
The fourth section of a dancers diet is Bread, Cereal and potatoes and a massive 33% should be consumed to ensure a balanced diet for a…

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