Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe is an English professional footballer who plays striker for Scottish Premiership club Rangers and has played for the England national team.

Defoe turned to a plant-based diet in 2017 at the age of 34 in order to prolong his career on the field. He says that a vegan diet allows better recovery and therefore improves performance in the next game.1Harris, A. 2017. Striker Jermain Defoe turns vegan to prolong soccer career. The Jakarta Post. Available: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/28/striker-jermain-defoe-turns-vegan-to-prolong-soccer-career.html [Accessed 10 June 2021].

The documentary What the Health also had an impact on Jermain’s decision to go plant-based2Cutmore, C. 2018. Jermain Defoe reveals Netflix documentary inspired change to vegan diet that he insists is secret to playing at top level aged 35. Mail Online. Available: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5399647/Jermain-Defoe-reveals-Netflix-inspired-vegan-diet.html [Accessed 10 June 2021]. and his nutritionist insists that his diet is very healthy. All his tests indicate he is getting everything he needs from his plant-based diet and his protein comes from beans, pulses, tofu, tempeh and Quorn.3Blake, I. 2018. Is becoming a VEGAN the secret to hitting peak fitness? Jermain Defoe, 35, reveals how cutting back on meat gave him MORE energy – and credits it with extending his football career. Mail Online. Available: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5259233/Jermain-Defoe-striker-reveals-veganism-helps-fitness.html [Accessed 10 June 2021].

‘I started [cutting down on meat] and I realised I felt different in terms of energy… I wasn’t getting any muscle injuries, and I was noticing a difference in my skin.”3Blake, I. 2018. Is becoming a VEGAN the secret to hitting peak fitness? Jermain Defoe, 35, reveals how cutting back on meat gave him MORE energy – and credits it with extending his football career. Mail Online. Available: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5259233/Jermain-Defoe-striker-reveals-veganism-helps-fitness.html [Accessed 10 June 2021].

References:
  1. Harris, A. 2017. Striker Jermain Defoe turns vegan to prolong soccer career. The Jakarta Post. Available: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/28/striker-jermain-defoe-turns-vegan-to-prolong-soccer-career.html [Accessed 10 June 2021].
  2. Cutmore, C. 2018. Jermain Defoe reveals Netflix documentary inspired change to vegan diet that he insists is secret to playing at top level aged 35. Mail Online. Available: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5399647/Jermain-Defoe-reveals-Netflix-inspired-vegan-diet.html [Accessed 10 June 2021].
  3. Blake, I. 2018. Is becoming a VEGAN the secret to hitting peak fitness? Jermain Defoe, 35, reveals how cutting back on meat gave him MORE energy – and credits it with extending his football career. Mail Online. Available: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5259233/Jermain-Defoe-striker-reveals-veganism-helps-fitness.html [Accessed 10 June 2021].
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