Five reasons why sports are going vegan
Veganism is on the rise around the world and pop culture, retail and sports have taken notice.
Scientific evidence shows that diets high in unrefined plant foods are associated with beneficial health outcomes, including general health, immune function, cardiovascular health, and lifespan. It would seem logical that plant-based diets have the ability to improve performance in a variety of areas, including sports.
Many critics have dismissed this shift in sports culture as a fad without concrete scientific evidence to back it up. And whether the merits can be justified or not, one thing is for sure: the plant is a growing trend in the sports world with an increasing number of athletes advocating its game-changing qualities.
Here are five reasons why sports are going vegan.
Many plant-based products contain more protein than meat
Traditionally, athletes believed that the only way to meet their daily protein needs was through meat consumption, but with increased awareness of nutrition that has changed.
Many plant-based foods are actually higher in protein than meat. One ounce of meat protein contains 7 grams of protein, which is comparable to many plant sources.
A German study from 2019, reported in the journal Nutrients found that athletes on a plant-based diet with B-12 supplementation actually had a slightly higher nutritional adequacy than athletes who ate meat.
With 15g of protein per serving, black beans, for example, contain more protein than a chicken drumstick, and a cup of lentils has 18g of protein – more than a burger. The need for other nutrients, such as calcium, iron and vitamin B-12 can be met by plant sources such as edemame which provides 27.6% of the daily calcium requirement, a cup of juice enriched orange that satisfies half of it. daily calcium requirements, spinach which contains more than twice as much iron as meat and dark chocolate which contains more than six times as much iron as meat. As with B-12, fortified foods and supplements can be used to ensure good health.
Sports drinks and performance enhancers go plant-based
According to research by Lumina intelligence, 21% of the best-selling protein powders online in the United States are plant-based (March 2019).
A sharp increase in the availability of performance enhancing herbal products has made it easier and more attractive for athletes to adopt a herbal lifestyle.
The sector is booming and is extremely competitive. Lumina reveals that there is an “innovation race” as brands pursue the elusive “perfect plant protein,” with pea protein currently occupying the number one spot.
Vegan sports nutrition also comes in the form of pre-prepared meals and nutritional programs. In 2016, Tom Brady partnered with Purple Carrot, a vegan meal delivery service to create a TB12 meat-free and dairy-free performance meal plan.
Herbal Herbs Give Endurance Athletes a Heart Health Advantage
In a 2019 review titled “ Plant Based Diets for Cardiovascular Safety and Performance in Endurance Sports, ” it was reported that the high cardiovascular risks faced by endurance athletes, such as Atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries) and myocardial damage (decreased blood flow to the heart) can be reduced by a dairy-free, plant-based diet.
Researchers from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine have also suggested that a vegan diet may improve athletic performance due to better cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and weight loss. .
Plant-based diets are more conducive to recovery
Armenian-German “strongest man in the world” and former bodybuilder Patrik Baboumian attributed his success in bodybuilding to a vegan lifestyle. “My recovery time was so much faster that I was able to train more,” he said.
Harvard Medical School evidence shows that herbs’ antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help shorten recovery times, reduce delayed-onset muscle pain, ease joint pain, and allow faster healing of injuries. . Plant-based diets also improve blood viscosity, which helps to efficiently deliver oxygen to the body, promoting healing. All of these factors can also contribute to professional longevity.
Professional athletes approve of the link between plants and performance
The plant-based sports culture shift is evident in the Netflix documentary, “The Game Changers,” produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which uses first-hand testimonials from elite athletes to describe how a vegan diet improves athletic performance.
Venus Williams chose to switch to a raw vegan diet when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sjögren’s syndrome which caused her to suffer from joint and muscle pain. In an interview with Health magazine, Williams revealed that his new diet changed his life, allowing him to return to tennis. “I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me,” she said.
Professional athletes are increasingly adopting vegan or vegetarian diets, while advocating their overall health benefits, improved performance and improved recovery. Footballer, Tom Brady has an essentially vegetable diet, the Williams sisters are vegans, elite climber, Steph Davis is vegan… Lionel Messi, Novak Djokovic, Colin Kaepernick, Lewis Hamilton… The list goes on.
According to Barny du Plessis, the world’s first vegan bodybuilder and Mr Univers 2014, “These days, I train half as much, do half as much, but I get better results. Why? One answer, become vegan, non-GMO and organic. My body is functioning perfectly. “