Editorials » Health & Food » Food & Wine

What a Basketball Player Should Eat

By: Jason Richards

A basketball player should eat healthy not just for the game but for his overall health. But since the sport burns a lot of energy, players should eat more foods that contain the right nutrients that will give him the energy to sustain his fuel requirement - but still balanced to attain optimum use.

There are 2 basic food groups that a basketball player should eat: protein and carbohydrates.

Proteins - are the building blocks of the body which is responsible for paving the increase of strength and muscle mass through exercise. Protein is found in fish, eggs, dairy products, milk, and meat. There are also kinds of vegetables that are rich in protein. These are leguminous plants or plants which grow on the vine or climbing pea or bean such as peanuts, soya, and asparagus. Protein should supply 10 percent of our energy needs.

Carbohydrates - are essential for the functioning of our brain. Carbohydrates are stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. They are often found in foods such as rice, bread, potatoes, pasta, fruits, honey, jam, and pulses. Carbohydrates should supply 50 percent of our energy needs however, since a basketball player requires more fuel to keep him in the game, some sports nutritionists require players to have 70 percent carbo diet. 

As always, fat is needed but should be minimized.

Before the game...

Eat at least 1 hour before the game. This gives the body ample time to digest the food before using it during the game. It is suggested that the player should eat lots of carbohydrates to store energy.

During the game...

Players aren't often seen eating during the game but most people don't know about this: eating a bananna during the game helps players to replenish lost energy quickly. Regularly drinking fluid during the game helps the player to bring back the water he has lost from the game.

After the game...

After the game, the player should eat protein, then carbohydrates. This is because protein helps facilitates carbohydrate to replenish the storage chemical of the cell of the body called glycogen. Glycogen stores glucose, an important component in metabolism. Without these two, the body won't regain the energy that is lost from the previous game and will contribute to mental and physical fatigue.

Take note that protein and carbohydrates aren't the only requirements of a player. He should also exercise to help keep his body healthy and fit.

Share this article :

Users Reading this article are also interested in;
• The Rio Mp3 Player, by Michelle Bery
• Elite MP4 Player, by Anna Wei
• DVD Player Software, by Victor Epand
Top Searches on Food and Drink
•  Healthy Foods To Eat•  Under Age Drinking

SD Tip : Hate going to

fitness clubs






exercise bikes

? Simply put on your


shoe and go jogging. With "SD Jogging Calculator", you now know exactly how far you have ran.

Jogging Calculator (Online Pedometer)
Online Pedometer to calculate your running / walking distance!

About The Author, Jason Richards

Find tips about basketball positions and basketball tips at The Basketball Coach.

Add to your favourites! - Make your homepage
About » Widgets | T&C | Feedback   For Businesses » Free Ads | Online Advertising | Wall Maps | Text Ads
Hotline : Sales 6474 4005 | Marketing & Business Opportunities : 65942755 | (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm) Food and Drink Guide is every food lovers companion to an ‘oh so delicious’ experience of wine and dine. Find healthy recipes on all kinds of food, from hot and spicy chilli to gourmet cookies. Get tips on how to Grow herb garden in your own home while pondering the merits of loose tea leaves versus foamy hot coffee. Preparing a holiday brunch or an elaborate family get together has never been simpler with easy to understand guidelines found in this guide. You can learn how to identify wine labels from vineyard to vineyard. The list goes on in this gastronomically inclined guide for anyone who ever appreciated the better edible things in life.