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How Do Vegan Athletes Get Protein? - Greener Ideal

Health & Wellness  (tags: vegan, vegetarian, protein, athletes, Greener Ideal, Olympics, Carl Lewis, Mac Danzio, Deuce Lutui )

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Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis had his greatest athletic successes while eating a vegan diet. ...UFC fighter Mac Danzig has been beating people up on a vegan diet since 2004. "Let me just say that although protein intake is important...

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Rock H (254)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 7:30 pm
Thanks for sharing this Thubten!

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 4:57 am
'tis EASY. Just cut out the JUNK (esp. sugar and fat) and replace it by NATURAL stuff, and your diet will contain more than enough protein and all other nurtients your body needs, with some to spare (unless you're one of the poor in Bangladeh or Somalia, that is)

been there, done that. And just to make sure, vegan-4-decades me once also had some tests done (e.g. iron-level) and not only did i not have no deficiency at all, but *all* values were 'normal', in the middle range, coulnd't be better.


Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:30 am
noted - interesting article, thanks

. (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:32 am
Thank you for this article Thubten, vegan means more health.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6:31 am
Thanks Thubten.There certainly are plenty of vegan sources of protein. I keep telling my aunt that as her doctor tells her she needs more protein...but from meat. Please...she's 93 and in a nursing home...

Phillip Wood (210)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 7:15 am
This is a commercial for a protein powder. I don't know that I believe the statistics, though I sympathize with the goal. The article states that "30% of the calories in spinach come from protein" Look at Wikipedia, where we read that 100 grams of raw spinach contains 2.2 grams of protein. Figuring four calories per gram of protein, we get 8.8 calories, which is how they got their number, given that you're talking about 23 calories total. That's still a really small amount of protein, though.

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 3:13 pm
Thanks for the information. People think you need meat to be powerful- the most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant, is an herbivore! I actually don't mind the article talking about the various protein supplements available, because it discussed first that a plant based diet with variety will provide all the amino acids one needs.

Elvira S (82)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6:17 pm
Vegan men generally do no require Viagra to perform, hehe.


janet f (29)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6:28 pm
If more people ate like this, humans wouldn't be fat. You won't ever see a fat vegetarian or vegan.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Great comments, thank you everyone... I green-starred you if I hadn't done so recently already.

Jody R (3)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 10:04 pm
Thanks for sharing this article. Most people, vegan or not, consume more protein than necessary.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:22 am
A man needs 56g of protein and a woman needs 46g of protein a day from the ages of 19 to 70, just 1 cup of Lentils has 18g, Black Beans has 15g, 1 Veggie Burger has 13g, 1 Bagel has 9g, 1 Med Baked Potato has 4g, so its very easy to get the right amount of Protein your body needs without eat any animals or anything that comes from animals!

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 10:44 am
noted, thanks for sharing

Edgar Zuim (47)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 10:52 am
Vegan is the right way. After all, we are not carnivorous.

Justin M (2)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 6:08 pm

Diane L (110)
Friday September 21, 2012, 11:29 pm
Using Carl Lewis as an example of a vegan athlete is at the very least, "questionable" considering what is now known about his performance "enhancing" use........

From Wikipedia, "In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were nevertheless cleared to compete. Among those athletes was Lewis.[74]

It was revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, banned stimulants and bronchodilators also found in cold medication, and had been banned from the Seoul Olympics and from competition for six months

..............sure, he claims all those drugs were taken "inadvertently". Okay, so have other athletes who denied taking steroids or anything else that was not a stalk of celery.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday September 24, 2012, 12:23 am
People are so ignorant, they think that animal products are the only sources of protein.

Evelyn W (15)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:05 pm
These pro athletes can make good role models for school age athletes. {minus the steroids}

Diane L (110)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:54 am
Yes, Evelyn, they can make good role models, providing they're clean. When they're not, then what message does that send? Apparently, it's different depending on the "sender". In this case (this article), it's okay to use somebody as a role model if he suits your purpose, regardless of how he got his "accolades".

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 5:34 pm
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