In this new publication Derrick D. Brown uses findings from epidemiologic, clinical, and sport nutrition research to review literature on vegetarian and vegan diets with regards to the nutritional needs of dancers. This article explains that contrary to popular claims, an appropriately designed and well-managed vegetarian diet is nutritionally sufficient for the health, well-being and physical performance of dancers. Vegetarian and vegan dancers can meet their needs from primarily or exclusively plant-based sources when a variation of these foods are consumed daily. However, the quality of the sources as well as the timing of dietary intake are of key importance to meet the physical demands of dancers.

Recommendations for dietary macronutrient compositions of carbohydrate, fat and protein are given, which vegetarian and vegan dancers should integrate into their diet. They should also ensure a sufficient caloric and adequate intake of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, ω-3 fatty acids, calcium, and zinc.

Practical information
The article Nutritional Considerations for the Vegetarian and Vegan Dancer by Derrick D. Brown is published in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science: Volume 22: Number 1: Page 44 (March 2018).
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About the author
Derrick Brown M.Sc.(Hons) is a certified Sport/Performance Nutritionist. He gained his M.Sc. in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton (UK). He has co-authored numerous articles on dance science and on performance nutrition focused towards dancers.

He started his career as a dancer, teacher and rehearsal director. He currently works as a scientist and researcher and is co-program manager and lecturer at the University of Bern (CH) at the Institute for Sport Science. He also is a lecturer at ArtEZ University of the Arts (NL) and a senior research fellow at the NCPA (NL). He is a doctoral student at Radboud University at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (NL) where his research crosses theoretical models in cognitive and experimental psychology with queries in human movement (dance) performance research.

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