News | November 1, 2023
The vegan diet is increasingly present in the lives of athletes who seek to include ethical, environmental and religious issues in their diet for a healthier life.
A vegan is someone who does not consume any products of animal origin, the vegan diet excludes meat of all types, as well as dairy products, eggs and other foods that contain any ingredient that is not of vegetable origin.
Therefore, inadequate intake of important nutrients is a point that deserves attention, but when the diet is planned and assisted by professionals, it can be potentially beneficial in reducing the emergence of diseases.
When foods of animal origin are excluded from the menu, the result is a diet that provides the intake of phytochemicals, antioxidants, dietary fiber and protective nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, copper, potassium and magnesium, in addition to representing a low intake of saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, optimizing the consumption of fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which have been associated with a decrease in body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, factors that are related to cardiovascular diseases.
Therefore, although vegans ingest less energy, protein, iron, zinc, calcium, iodine, vitamins D and B12, if the diet is well executed and has professional help, veganism can greatly benefit your health and allow you to have an excellent physical performance.
Nutritionist Erick Pinheiro