Study Says Vegetarian Diets Can Help Endurance Athletes
New research from Arizona State University says vegetarian athletes perform just as well as omnivorous ones – sometimes, even better. As plant-based athletes continue to grow in their presence around the world, these findings can only help their message of compassion, health, and strength.
The study, published in the journal Nutrients, followed two groups of participants: some vegetarian and some meat-eating. Both groups were put to the test on treadmills and with leg extension equipment. The researchers recorded their maximal oxygen uptake (VO2) scores and found no difference between the males in both groups, yet the females differed significantly. The vegetarian ladies had a 13 percent better score than their meat-eating counterparts! Strength among both groups were also similar, despite the vegetarians eating less protein than the omnivores (is anyone surprised there?)
While the fact that vegetarian females outperformed omnivorous ones is an impressive finding, it is equally promising that yet another study has confirmed that active, plant-based athletes typically perform just as well as those who eat animal products – dispelling any myths about the weak, fragile vegan at the gym. Stay strong, plant eaters!
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