Do you need to eat meat in order to be a great athlete? In short, the answer is, no — you don’t.
Health-related myths such as the one about plant-protein being “incomplete” have been busted many times. The one about protein from animals being superior in terms of building muscle was also shut down by a recent study published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Oh … and the idea that if you eat a plant-based diet, your appetite will creep up on you faster than if you were eating meat … also false. Science says that plant protein actually keeps you fuller for a longer period of time.
If scientific evidence wasn’t enough to convince anyone that you can survive without eating animal-based protein, we also have plant-powered athletes like Venus Williams (who is often regarded one of the best female athletes of all time), Colin Kaepernick, Kendrick Farris (the only male weightlifter representing the U.S. at the Rio Olympics), and many others who prove that a vegan athlete can often match, if not exceed, the physical prowess of their peers. And this year, we’ll soon have another piece of evidence we can point to when we’re told that it’s impossible to get strong while eating plants.
The Game Changers, a new documentary produced by James Cameron and directed by Louie Psihoyos, wants to challenge the myth that humans need meat in order to survive. As reported by New Zealand publication Stuff, the documentary will feature a lineup of “elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes,” all of whom thrive on a plant-based diet.
Cameron, known for directing blockbuster hits such as Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009), went vegan in 2012 for environmental reasons. Together with his wife and environmental activist, Suzy Amis Cameron and entrepreneur Craig McCaw, he founded Plant Powered Task Force, a foundation that focuses on the role that animal agriculture takes in climate change. Louie Psihoyos is the co-founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) and director of documentaries The Cove (2009) and Racing Extinction (2015). Jamie Wilks, a mixed martial artist and elite trainer for multiple government agencies, will also serve as a producer.
The Game Changers is set to release later this year. While no preview has been released yet, you can keep up-to-date with new info by checking out the documentary’s official website.
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