It’s Veganuary so Hatty Bates, Performance Nutritionist for British Rowing, reviews areas that rowers should consider, if excluding meat, fish and/or dairy from their diet
Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular due to health, environmental and ethical reasons. Those opting for a vegetarian diet exclude all meat, fish, and poultry whereas those choosing a vegan diet exclude all animal products including dairy, eggs, and animal-derived ingredients.
Research suggests that plant-based diets are neither beneficial nor detrimental to performance. Although rowers can still reach their rowing potential whilst following a plant-based diet, this may require some planning ahead and some important nutritional considerations. You can read another article by Hatty with links to the research here.(more…)