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BBC Sport Academy tells you all you need to know about the food you eat.


A planned diet is a must for top sports people and is a major part of their training programme.

The correct diet will also give you better skin and it is the easiest way to control your weight.

Only a handful of us are food specialists so it's easy to get confused about the issue.

But if you read our guide to the basic facts you'll know all you need to about eating healthily.

Most people in the know, who specialise in food, strongly recommend eating a balanced diet.

The food we eat should contain a number of essential items, they are:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fibre
  • Water

    An easy way to work out what a balanced diet is to think about it as a pyramid.

    You select correct amounts of food from the different levels of the pyramid.


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  • Food groups
    Food pyramid
    Carbs and proteins
    Fats
    Vits and minerals

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    We encourage players to do avoid sugary carbohydrates, like white bread and white pasta, and we also recommend brown rice, sweet potatoes as opposed to normal white potatoes and that type of thing
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    Dave Reddin
    RFU's Nutritional Fitness Adviser



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