Young Male Athlete

Most young athletes can get all the nutrition they need from food.  A diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, and legumes are all rich in vitamins and minerals to support physical activity, even for competitive young athletes.

Taking vitamin or mineral supplements does not give an athlete a competitive advantage nor does exercise significantly increase vitamin or mineral needs.  Unfortunately, many young athletes have limited diets due to food preferences, food allergies or intolerances, medical conditions, or busy schedules.