Plant powered excellence

| Post published on August 29, 2018
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Plant foods are the fuel of the future for athletes and mere mortals alike

Acknowledging the many health and environmental benefits of plant-based diets, a study was conducted to determine whether athletes can thrive on plants alone and if a general move towards plant protein is to be recommended for everyone. The results showed that a vegan diet can not only sustain athletes and provide sufficient nutrition but that it also offers additional heart health benefits. The researchers concluded that plant-based diets are perfectly adequate for athletes and may offer advantages in recovery due to higher antioxidant levels.

Lynch H, Johnston C and Wharton C, 2018. Plant-Based Diets: Considerations for Environmental Impact, Protein Quality, and Exercise Performance. Nutrients. 10(12). pii: E1841.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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