Vegetarian Diet and Endurance sports

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Why Eat a Plant-Based Diet? Print E-mail

OrganicAthlete asked its Health and Nutrition Advisory Committee, “Why is a [tag]plant-based diet[/tag] optimal for [tag]health[/tag] and [tag]peak performance[/tag]?”

Here is what they said.

Brenda Davis, R.D., author of Becoming Vegan

“Plant-based diets offer exceptional fuel for peak performance and optimal health at every stage of the life cycle. [tag]Organic vegetables[/tag], [tag]fruits[/tag], [tag]legumes[/tag], [tag]whole grains[/tag], [tag] They also effectively minimize the most damaging components in the diet – trans fatty acids, saturated fat, cholesterol, pro-oxidants, refined carbohydrates and environmental contaminants. Plant-based diets are naturally high the most healthful form of carbohydrates, helping athletes maximize glycogen stores, and allowing for harder work for longer periods of time. Those choosing plant-based diets also reduce their lifetime risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, gallbladder disease, and many immune/inflammatory disorders.

Read the whole article at: Organic Athlete.org

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1 Comment

  1. hello folks-

    its refreshing to see articles that speak about the vegan diet/lifestyle and how it can contribute to successful athletic perfomance. i’ve posted the article about scott jurek’s triumph in the spartathlon on my blog–very inspiring. keep up the great work.

    –blactivegan

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