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Arsenal
right back Hector Bellerín says his improved recovery is the reason he’s made
his vegan diet permanent.

Recovery

The pro
footballer recently told ESPN that – despite the fact that he’d tried
plant-based eating as a ‘detox’ experiment – he would be sticking to the plan
long term.

He said: “The
recovery after games in my muscles and the long-term injuries that I have had
before have started to recover way quicker.”

“So why
would I change something that is working for me?”

Nutrition

While the move has made the athlete the target of criticism – including that of sports
commenter Alan Brazil
– he maintains that an animal-free diet is nutritionally
adequate.

Bellerín
told MR PORTER:
“When it comes to nutritional literature, everyone is very
old-school… ‘You need milk, eggs, meat!’

“But
actually, you are able to get the same amount of protein, carbohydrates and
vitamins from plants.”

Emily Court

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...