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5 Amazing Plant-Based Athletes You Need to Know About

One of the most common tropes about plant based and vegan diets is that they make people undernourished. Many people believe they provide little to no protein and lack essential vitamins and minerals.

Usually, though, this criticism is levelled by people who lack a deep understanding of health and nutrition. It says more about their own ignorance than anything else.

We think these plant-based athletes smash those stereotypes.

Like all professional sportspeople, plant-based athletes need to watch their diets extremely closely to optimise sports performance. This is true for all athletes, regardless of their eating style.

Here are five of the best-of-the-best athletes who are plant based.

 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is a well-known celebrity vegan. And although you mightn't think that driving a race car is a particularly athletic sport, Formula One driving is very taxing and takes incredible endurance. A single mistake can be life-threatening to the driver and the other cars.

In 2021 Lewis became the first driver to surpass 100 pole positions and 100 race wins and finished as the world number 2.

He has been vegan since 2017.

 

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is famously controversial for his role in the BLM movement, but he’s also an outspoken vegan.

Although he has remained unsigned since the 2016 controversy, he was instrumental in helping the 49ers get the Superbowl in 2012 – their first appearance there since 2004.

 

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has also made controversial headlines recently. But as the current world number one tennis player, his incredible skill is hard to ignore.

He has held the number one sport for a record 360+ weeks and finished as ATP year-end number one for a record seven years. He also holds the records for the most Australian Open titles and the most master’s events. He also holds multiple other records.

Novak has been plant based since 2015.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams was also a world number one tennis player. With four Olympic Gold medals to her name and 49 WTA singles titles, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players.

Venus has been vegan for over a decade. She credits her plant based diet to helping her reach the heights of her career despite having the auto-immune disease, Sjögren’s Syndrome.

 

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson needs very little introduction. As one of the most powerful boxers in the '80s and '90s, he was an undisputed heavyweight champion.

Despite famously having a taste for Evander Holyfield’s ear, Tyson went vegan for a decade in 2010. In a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, he stated that ‘becoming vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. High blood pressure, almost dying, arthritis and once I became vegan, all that stuff diminished.

Although he has started eating red meat again, the change in his physique and personality after adopting a vegan diet was notable.

Are there any of your favourite athletes we’ve missed? Let us know

 

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