Will a vegan diet make someone a better athlete?


Healthline asked that question to David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, a professor of health and exercise science and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, where he studies athletes and diet.

Nieman is a vegetarian and marathon runner who sees many reasons someone would want to become vegan. Still, he had a clear answer: No.

โ€œThe only possible way it [a vegan diet] may help some people is if theyโ€™re involved in a sport that takes more than an hour,โ€ Nieman stated.

โ€œAnd thatโ€™s only if they were on a low carb, high fat diet and switched to a vegan diet, which would mean theyโ€™d be taking in more carbs. Those people would see improvement in endurance not sports skill,โ€ he said.

Studies on the correlation between performance and vegan, vegetarian, and meat-eating diets are rather limited.

Source: here

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