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The Vegetarian Athlete

By Kristi Lees, Body Building, 03/15/19, 12:00PM CDT

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The thing that people fail to realize is that many foods other than meat are an excellent source of protein.

With the increasing proof of the many benefits that can be obtained from this type of diet, it is not hard to see why an increasing number of athletes are opting for the vegetarian alternative. Despite common misconceptions, the word "vegetarian" has nothing to do with consuming vast amounts of vegetables. Although vegetables do play a large role in the vegetarian diet, the word itself actually comes from the Latin word "vegetus" meaning full of vitality, vigorous and cheerful.

There are and have been many successful vegetarian athletes and these days, more than ever, you don't have too look too hard to find them (just check out this site! www.veggie.org). With the increasing proof of the many benefits that can be obtained from this type of diet, it is not hard to see why an increasing number of athletes are opting for the vegetarian alternative.