Published by Carolyn Englar.

During both the off-season and their time on the court, NBA players are looking for the best way to get their bodies in top shape while maintaining energy and performance at optimal levels. More and more professional tough guys are realizing that choosing vegan is the way to go. And animals are winning because of it. Here are five players who have recently ditched meat and dairy “products”—and are therefore on the road to peak physical performance:

Kyrie Irving

This Brooklyn Nets star (who was crowned one of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegans of 2019!) is thrilled by what going vegan has done for his body and stamina.

Chris Paul

The nine-time NBA All-Star is a Beyond Meat ambassador and told the Houston Chronicle that he gave up eating animals in the summer of 2019.

Enes Kanter

Swiss-born Turkish center Enes Kanter used his downtime in the 2020 NBA bubble to learn about factory farming. Once he saw the devastating impact that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have on animalsthe environment, and their workers, he knew that going vegan was the only option.

Wilson Chandler

The Brooklyn Nets forward, who played credits his plant-based eating with improving his overall quality of life.

DeAndre Jordan

There must be something in the New York City water, because Jordan is yet another Brooklyn Nets player living his best vegan life. The 6-foot, 11-inch center
is also a Beyond Meat investor and attended the premiere of the vegan documentary The Game Changers.

JaVale McGee

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee lost 20 pounds after going vegan and became more agile on the court, thanks to his compassionate, healthy lifestyle.

Filling your plate with meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, and eggs could be a recipe for heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and even impotence. Leading health experts agree that going vegan is the single best thing that we can do for ourselves and our families—not to mention animals and the environment.

Healthy vegan lifestyles support good health and provide protection against numerous diseases, including some of our country’s biggest killers: heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

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