A follow-up to the item posted on February 12th about the BBC 2 programme “The Truth About Food”. On the show Colin Jackson said that veggie’s should eat meat. He also said that being on a vegetarian diet made him weaker.
A nutritionist is challenging Jackson and the show’s findings.
Nutrition Expert Challenges BBC on Sources of Protein in Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
A London nutrition expert has challenged the BBC on their choices of vegetarian and vegan proteins that left elite athlete Colin Jackson with what he believed was reduced power and strength.
London, UK (PRWEB) February 17, 2007 — London based nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals the plant based vegetarian protein rich foods and confirms that a vegetarian diet is suitable even for elite athletes.
On BBC 2’s The Truth About Food, champion athlete Colin Jackson was put on a vegetarian diet for 8 weeks. He complained that he lost power and could manage 5 less press ups without the meat. Like many men Jackson seems to believe he needs meat to maintain masculinity.
This is of course complete twaddle. Research shows that better levels of fertility, heart health, endurance and strength can be achieved on vegetarian and vegan diets and you can avoid the saturated fat that comes free with meat and animal products.
Much fuss is made about protein and the amino acids contained in animal foods.
Yvonne says “It’s actually quite hard not to get enough protein to attain the generally accepted average level of health — even potatoes and oats have protein in them. However if you want to prove that a vegetarian or vegan diet is nutritionally superior to a meat based diet and attain optimum health then you might like to do a little more than eat porridge and mash. There are many subtle problems caused by amino acid imbalances that can thwart optimum health.
Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide everything you need unless you have some rare disease or condition that stops your body from processing protein into all the amino acids your body needs to thrive.