Vegan Athletes Are Healthy Athletes!

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Posted April 13, 2011 by Christina

Okay, so you’ve seen the videos, you’ve heard about factory farming, and you’re ready to stop eating animals. Great news! A well-balanced vegan diet provides all the nutrients you need to be in tip top shape.

Not only is it easy to be a vegan athlete, it’s healthier to be a vegan athlete! Animal products are high in saturated fat, and contribute to cancer and heart disease (also, the high sulfur content of animal protein actually weakens people’s bones—not cool). Protein, calcium, and other nutrients consumed from non-animal sources are much healthier and much more efficient for our bodies.

Vegan people are extremely competitive in all sports—including my fave sport, mixed martial arts! We also have tons of Street Teamers who are vegan and athletic, too (remember Beau Broughton?).

What about protein, iron, and calcium, you ask? Here’s the scoop:

  • Foods with iron: beans, potatoes, tahini, almonds, raisins, kale, brussel sprouts, chickpeas, bagels, tempeh, and tofu.
  • Foods with calcium: beans, kale, soy milk, tofu, broccoli, and fortified orange juice!

Still have nutrition concerns? Check out this site.

Alright my peeps, now that you’ve got the knowledge, go vegan and get buff!

Knowledge is power!
Christina

P.S. Are you a vegan athlete? Post a comment and let us know!

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  • 1423 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a vegan backpacker and I love adding to my book of light weight low waste recipes and snacks. You can do it.

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I agree with you Zaira Castro! I am also a vegan athlete, my iron was down for a long time! I hope this will help!

  • 1505 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m a vegan athlete! Haa, i needed thid my calcium and i ron suck! i’m out there in the field fallig asleep >.>
    but this should help(:

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