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PostSubject: Fueling the vegetarian (vegan) athlete [new study[   Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:11 am

I'm going to have to dig up the full version of this study as it could well be useful I would think, but here's the (rather small) abstract. If anyone can get hold of it I'd be grateful

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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2010 Jul-Aug;9(4):233-41.
Fueling the vegetarian (vegan) athlete.

Fuhrman J, Ferreri DM.

Vegetarian diets are associated with several health benefits, but whether a vegetarian or vegan diet is beneficial for athletic performance has not yet been defined. Based on the evidence in the literature that diets high in unrefined plant foods are associated with beneficial effects on overall health, lifespan, immune function, and cardiovascular health, such diets likely would promote improved athletic performance as well. In this article, we review the state of the literature on vegetarian diets and athletic performance, discuss prevention of potential micronutrient deficiencies that may occur in the vegan athlete, and provide strategies on meeting the enhanced caloric and protein needs of an athlete with a plant-based diet.
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