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Sports Scientist Reveals Key to Athletic Success

Written by PETA | April 29, 2010
Katharina Wirnitzer in action.
Katharina Wirnitzer

Athletes who are still choking down chicken or pounding whey-protein shakes can be relieved to know that they can trade in that garbage for gardein and soy protein powder. A new book, Bikeextreme, by sports scientist Dr. Katharina Wirnitzer is out to prove that as far as energy and vitamins go, vegan athletes are not at any disadvantage compared to those who eat meat. Wirnitzer also argues that even extreme athletes require far less protein than U.S. government guidelines (at the prompting of the meat, dairy, and egg industries) would have you believe.

“To maintain good health, a daily intake of 8–12 percent is more than enough and ideal for the highly strained metabolism of athletes,” Wirnitzer says. She makes it clear that vegan diets “are not only well suited for all phases of life, as well as for top athletes, but if adequately implemented and combined with a supporting lifestyle, also optimally suited for endurance sports.” To back up her research, Wirnitzer has first-hand knowledge of the subject—she’s a two-time finisher of the grueling TransAlp Challenge mountain-bike race.

With endurance athletes like Dr. Katharina Wirnitzer, Brendan Brazier, and Rich Roll reaching the peak of their performance on a plant-based diet, there is no question about it: If you’re a jock reaching for the top of your game, it’s time to go vegan!

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • troller says:

    To the author of the blog I realize that you don’t agree with my views and I’m interested in how you would continue your arguement that one can have an athletic body while maintaining a vegan diet. I request that you and I have an email debate maybe you don’t want to but it will be fun either way. Like I tried to say before what you only suggest another way and I still do not see the downsides of maintaining a rounded diet other than moral and ethical reasons.

  • Toby Saunders says:

    The big problem to overcome is the claim that the author started of with a faithbased belief and then built ‘evidence’ around it in a contrived way. The solution is too complex for this blog comment… I’m going to eat some Tuscan Veggie Bake now. maybe the answer is just ‘education education education’!

  • Carl M says:

    So much of our country is controlled by the meat egg and dairy industry. They have had our government departments and authorities on puppet strings for so long. The agriculture business will literally tell any lie they can think up to make a buck even if it means destroying our bodies or our kids’ bodies to make the animal agriculture industry rich. And so far government bureaucrats will help them do it. Not only that but very corrupt university and college agriculture faculty and professors join in with this animal agriculture lobbying. The average person MUST take responsibility for themselves and stop allowing themselves to get lied to like the tobacco industry lied to people for so long as the government went along with it. We have millions upon millions of prematurely sick disabled people to prove how wrong the animal agriculture industry is. And the worst is when companies like Sesame Street actually sell their souls for a buck to the egg industry and push unhealthy food on young kids. How hyocritical and selfish is that? Did the government bureaucrats ever wonder why the animal agriculture industry hires the SAME LOBBYIST that the tobacco and liquor industry does? httpwww.sourcewatch.orgindex.php?titleCenterforConsumerFreedom httpwww.consumerdeception.comindex.asp These are the kinds of people that want to destroy American health.

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