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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.
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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.

There are some excellent sources of plant based protein for when you are building muscle and may need a little more protein than normal or if you are trying to lose weight and want to curb your appetite and teach yourself to eat less sugar rich carbohydrates.
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Members of Vegan Body Builders such as Kenneth Williams, ex champion vegan weightlifter now sports nutritionist Gareth Zeal, UK champion savate kickboxer James Southwood, vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier and a host of other vegan athletes prove that a plant based diet can provide both power and strength to competition standards.

EDITORS NOTES

The BBC identifies their sources of protein (per 100g) in their study as;
Realeat mince = 18g
Beef = 22g
Quorn mince = 14.5g
Chicken = 24g
Tofu = 12g
Turkey = 24g
Pork = 20g
TVP = 25g
Lamb = 19g
Cod = 18g
Tuna = 23g

Hempseeds are over 30g and rich in omega 3, Redwoods Mince is 25g and includes vitamin B12 and essential fats, Hemp protein powder is up to 48g of protein per 100g

Contacts :
Yvonne Bishop-Weston - Foods for Life
Tel: 08712884642 Fax 08712884643 PA Mob 07944068432
www.optimumnutritionists.com

Yaoh - www.yaoh.co.uk

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