VEGAN DIETS ARE THE BEST FOR ATHLETES
VEGANISM is the best diet for athletes because it boosts heart health, endurance and recovery, according to a scientific review.
Athletes, as well as the general public, are increasingly adopting the diet for its reported benefits to health.
Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton, David Haye and Derrick Morgan are already fans, despite their heavy sport schedules requiring strict food.
Now, evidence supports that the diet — which uses predominately beans and legumes for protein instead of meat — can improve athlete's performance.
Experts, led by Dr Neal Barnard at George Washington University School of Medicine, said the diet meets 'all their nutritional needs', while reducing body fat and controlling weight. 'It's no wonder that more and more athletes are racing to a vegan diet,' coauthor Dr James Loomis, medical director for the Barnard Medical Center, said.
'Whether you're training for a couch-to-5K or an Ironman Triathlon, a plant-based diet is a powerful tool for improving athletic performance and recovery.' The review of dozens of existing studies, published in the journal Nutrients, found a vegan diet play a key role in cardiovascular health, which is critical for endurance athletes. Even well-trained athletes are at risk for heart disease – around 44 per cent of middleaged and older endurance cyclists or runners have plaque in their arteries.
A low-fat, vegetarian diet is the most effective dietary pattern clinically shown to reverse plaque, the authors said. And compared with meat eaters, vegetarians are 32 per cent less likely to develop coronary heart disease.
As compared to meat eaters, vegetarians are 32 per cent less likely to develop coronary heart disease.