Some people say they have concerns about energy levels dropping on vegan diets, but it may be they aren’t eating the full range of foods available, and therefore are missing nutrients.
The professional boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. specifically goes vegan when training for a fight, and will do so again before he fights Manny Pacquiao June 9 in Las Vegas. He uses a vegan diet because he believes it provides more energy not less. “I was able to outwork a lot of my opponents,” he said after trying it following the suggestion of a trainer. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
Bradley lives in Palm Springs, California where the Palm Greens Cafe is located. They have created a smoothie for him called “Bradley’s Ultra Green.” The drink contains spinach, kale, mint, ginger, probiotic, bananas, aloe vera, apple juice and spirulina. One of the misconceptions related to meat eating and sports is that meat is needed for growing muscle mass.
“In reality, people have no greater need for animal protein than do gorillas or elephants, both of whom have far bigger muscles than we do, yet are plant eaters. It comes as a surprise for people to learn that essential amino acids are made by plants, not by animals. We can get them from animals, but somewhere along the food chain they originally came from plants. Generally, if vegans eat a variety of plant foods (legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and grains) and consume sufficient calories, protein needs will be met,” said Brenda Davis, RD and co-author of Becoming Raw. (Source: Green Planet)
If you don’t follow boxing, Manny Pacquiao is one of the most successful boxers in history, so Bradley’s shot in the ring with him is clearly his biggest fight. The fact he is using a vegan diet to train for it is already drawing some public attention, but if he wins it surely will prove to the many doubters a meatless diet is not a disadvantage. It might be an advantage – pro racer Spencer Pumpelly said being vegan helped him lose about 20 pounds.
A vegan diet is better for the planet because about 51 percent of human-generated climate change emissions come from livestock agriculture.
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