Thursday, January 31, 2008

Vegans Have a Tight End

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 3:14 PM

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So I feel kinda bad for posting that giant picture of the cheeseburger in a can yesterday. And I rarely give vegans and vegetarians much attention. (Sorry. If there were more vegan/vegetarian restaurants out there, I'd write about them.)

Thankfully, Jeanette sent along this Wall Street Journal story about superstar Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, who played this past season while following a vegan diet.

Why is that a big deal?

Experts say athletes in training need as much as twice the protein of an average person to rebuild muscle. Their bodies also require a big dose of minerals and vitamins, as well as the amino acids, iron and creatine packed into fish, meat and dairy foods. It's fine to be a vegan, says sports nutritionist and dietician Nancy Clark, if you're willing to work at it. "It's harder to get calcium, harder to get protein, harder to get Vitamin D, harder to get iron," she says. "You have to be committed."

Worth a read.

-Ian Froeb

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