The TRUTH About Vegan vs Non-Vegan Athletes (New RESEARCH!)

If you were to believe everything that you’ve read or heard of late, you’d probably think that a vegan diet would be deleterious for athletes.

Despite the twice-extensively-peer-reviewed statement by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published in 2009 and again in 2016, stating the COMPLETE opposite.

Nonetheless, the nonsense persists!

And, of course, said nonsense is only bolstered by the myriad anecdote from ex-vegans who consistently embarked upon utterly foolish fads, yet blamed the vegan diet when shit inevitably hit the proverbial fan in their lives.

If you want to learn more about that topic then check out my video titled “The TRUTH About Ex-Vegans”, where I expose the ex-vegan bullshit. I’ve also linked it below for your convenience. Saves me time rehashing here!

So, let’s just get to the point of THIS video, shall we?

A new, German study, published on May 20th in the JISSN (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition), compared the performance of vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, and omnivorous athletes… or, more specifically, recreational runners.

The study had a total sample size of 76, all aged between 18 and 35, broken down into a vegan group (n = 24), a lacto-ovo vegetarian group (n = 26), and an omnivorous group (n = 26). The researchers measured the participants’ maximal exercise capacity, as well as taking capillary blood samples several times during the study to test their arterial lactate and glucose concentrations. The researchers also controlled for the daily nutrient intake, weekly training frequency, weekly training time, and weekly running distance for all participants.

What the researchers found was that ALL THREE groups generated the same amount of power and speed. There also wasn’t any significant difference between groups when it came to the amount of glucose and lactic acid found in their blood.

Ergo, there simply wasn’t any significant difference noted in exercise capacity between the vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians, and omnivorous runners.

Moreover, to quote the researchers, “a vegan diet can be a suitable alternative for ambitious recreational runners.”

But, alas… I predict that while videos such as this one will be reaffirming for many, they will also fall on deaf ears for others; and the anti-vegan nonsense will continue. Just as the soy-scare continues, despite a massive body of human data to the contrary.

The cognitive dissonance remains strong, I tell you!

And before someone inevitably claims “vegan bias”, this paper was fully funded by Leibniz University Hannover, and the authors declared that there were no competing interests.

The researchers were simply, as quoted in the paper, “in search of the right nutrition for the athlete”.

Anyway, leave your thoughts, comments, or even hate below.


Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets.

My video “The TRUTH About Ex-Vegans (& Dumb Carnivores)”

Exercise capacity of vegan, lacto-ovo-vegetarian and omnivorous recreational runners

Vegetarian and vegan runners do not perform better or worse than omnivores

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