Great News For VEGAN Athletes! (SORRY CARNIVORES)

Got a study to share with you all that supports a vegan dietary approach for athletics, particularly strength athletics, but inherently does not favor carnivores… at all!

It’s a cross-sectional study, published back in 2013 in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, with a sample size of 2,680 adults aged 55 and up, from the ongoing Taiwanese “Healthy Aging Longitudinal Study” or “HALST” for short, which itself is a cohort model study.

Thus ranking it higher on the hierarchy of evidence than the type of low-tier data preferred by everyone’s favorite carnivore scientist… Bart Kay.

In other words, this study has a lower risk of bias, and offers a higher quality of evidence than the sort Mr. Kay obsesses over.

In any case, the purpose of this study was to assess the association between dietary fiber intake and physical performance in older adults.

The study was funded by the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan. And there were no competing interests to declare, such as the researchers being dirty, rotten, anti-human vegans with an agenda to push. Or whatever we’re being labeled and accused of these days.

But, alas, they’re a bunch of fanatic conspiracy theorists who, ironically, call veganism a “cult”, and vegans mentally-deranged.

I guess they just ignore news such as this new EU rule, recently proposed in Brussels, that received 29 votes in favor of, and only 7 against, that will have veggie burgers renamed “veggie discs”, and veggie sausages renamed “veggie tubes”, etc., since they do not contain meat. Some Members of the European Parliament believe this plan bears the mark of Europe’s powerful meat lobby, which is seeking to protect profits from the rising popularity of veganism.

And here I thought these carnitards were claiming that there is some government conspiracy to push people TOWARD veganism in order to weaken them. Sorry, but it doesn’t really add up.

But, back to the study.

The participants’ daily fiber intake was assessed using a validated food frequency questionnaire, and their physical performance was determined by measuring gait speed, timed walking distance, timed sitting and standing exercises, grip strength, etc.

Participants were excluded if they were too ill, refused assessments, or reported an unreliable or implausible dietary intake. Ergo, the final sample size of 2,680 reflected only those who had accurately completed the study, and met all of the criteria.

All study data was adjusted for age, marital status, education level, smoking status, alcohol intake, physical activity, BMI, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, kidney disease, cancer, lung disease, depression, calorie intake, protein intake, and intake of vitamins A, E, C, B6 and B12.

What the researchers discovered was that the more dietary fiber the subjects consumed, the stronger and fitter they were. Alternatively, low dietary fiber intake was associated with POOR physical performance. Thus, the researchers concluded that dietary fiber intake is independently and positively associated with physical performance in older adults, and may offer protection against disability associated with old age.

And while many of you are not 55 and older, at least going by the current analytics of my channel’s audience, you WILL be there someday, as aging is a condition that runs in everyone’s family.

Plus, there no reason to believe that your performance won’t benefit from dietary fiber too. Regardless of your age.

That being said, I would like to see future studies on this topic using younger subjects. It’s always nice to have more evidence.

And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that a balanced vegan diet provides ample dietary fiber from sources as diverse as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Whereas popular carnivore foods, such as meat products and eggs, contain a big ol’ whopping ZERO-fucking-grams of dietary fiber.

It just seems fitting to remind you that the study found that LOW dietary fiber intake was associated with POOR physical performance. And you can’t get lower than friggin’ ZERO!

So… checkmate, carnitards!

Maybe that’s why vegan beasts like Patrik Baboumian keep slaughtering non-vegans in strength competitions, such as those seen on the YouTube channel Strength Wars.

And before someone cries “but, he’s on steroids!”, don’t think for a minute that the other competitors aren’t! Ergo, not an argument.

And beyond those performance benefits, the Mayo clinic claims, based on research, that high-fiber diets also offer health benefits such as normalized bowel movements, improved bowel health, lowered cholesterol levels, controlled blood sugar levels, improved satiety, and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and ALL cancers.

So, don’t be a dummy… be sure to get ample fiber in your diet!

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

 

REFERENCES

Association between Dietary Fiber Intake and Physical Performance in Older Adults: A Nationwide Study in Taiwan http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0080209

More dietary fiber, stronger muscles http://ergo-log.com/more-dietary-fiber-stronger-muscles.html

Veggie burgers renamed ‘veggie discs’ under proposed new EU food labelling rules https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/veggie-burgers-sausages-eu-steak-meat-industry-food-a8854961.html

High-fiber foods – Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948

Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet – Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983

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