A finite number of individuals who consider themselves athletes occupy a collaborative Venn diagrammatic circle titled “Vegetarian” or “Vegan.” With emphasis on protein and carbohydrates (but most readily animal products and complex carbohydrates) a majority of sports nutrition beliefs scarcely nod in a plant-based direction. Afforded the chance to include another Venn diagram to the metaphor, Vegetarian and Vegan diets are also occasionally categorized with eating disorders, particularly among female athletes. This is justified by authors with the notion that these diets are more often considered restrictive or a means of extreme weight control effort. While the classification appears judgmental in some cases, in other cases this is accurate in the presence of amenorrhea.
As a broad-sweeping ideal toward elite health gives further evidence-based credence to plant-based diets – whether or not they include minimal or no animal products – [some] sports nutrition advice is changing to include a more holistic approach.
In an effort to determine risks, benefits, impact and true nutritional needs, the following information was recruited. While any diet should be structured with advice from licensed professionals, these data provide reading to inform individuals seeking optimum health.
- Sports Nutrition | The Female Athlete Triad: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4899-7525-6_2#page-1
- Vegetarian Resource Group: https://www.vrg.org/nutshell/athletes.htm
- Vegan Health | Vegan Weightlifting (Science): http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/weightlifting
- Fueling the Vegetarian (Vegan) Athlete | Current Sports Medicine reports
- Iron and the Endurance Athlete | Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Of note: An article was REMOVED from Elsevier as authored by American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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