It may come as a surprise to many that some of the top athletes participating in the Olympics have said that their success comes from adopting a vegan diet.
One of the most famous vegan athletes and the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic says a lot of his success comes from going vegan. In an interview, Djokovic mentions that he eats a lot of fruits, salads, and grains such as quinoa, millet and wild rice. He states that he cut out red meat because the time it took to digest it could be used to recover and train instead.
Other vegan Olympians include Australian sprinter Morgan Mitchell, who said that becoming vegan makes him feel less dull, and the American basketball player Diana Taurasu who thanks her vegan diet as the reason for why her career has been able to continue for so long.
REDUCE RISK: Vegetarian and vegan diets are also known to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc. Plant-based diets provide a wide range of nutrients, natural phytochemicals, fibre and tend to be low in saturated fat, salt and sugar.
GETTING ENOUGH PROTEINS: To make sure they get enough protein, vegan athletes eat a variety of plant-based proteins which contain essential amino acids, such as grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
A step to prevent, control or in some cases even reverse diabetes.
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Source: The Independent-How to eat like a vegan athlete