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05 May 2018 22:18:40
Apparently, Bellerin is a vegan, maybe this is the reason he is so weak.
There are many stories about 'weak' and 'small' footballers being fed on a diet of steak to gain some muscles and strength.
Recently, Harry Kane revealed his diet is made up of almost entirely proteins, especially chicken and beef.

I understand the topic of whether or not to eat animals is sensitive and I might get stick for this, but footballers need protein, all professional athletes need protein.
Protein plays an important part in the energy and muscle preservation needs of athletes. It has a big role in the repair, maintenance, and growth of body tissues. It also has a role in energy supply.

He definitely needs to do something to get more proteins in his body, he seems too weak for the premier league.

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05 May 2018 23:02:52
Not bellerin’s diet related but ED with us not qualifying for CL next season, do you know or feel that will have a negative effect of our manager options. For example Allergi if he was a serious option is most likely not going to want to come to Arsenal if he can’t attract the players to challenge knowing full well all the other clubs above us will invest heavily.

{Ed001's Note - there are lots of factors which will impact on getting a manager to come, yes that is one, but it is just one of many.}

06 May 2018 09:56:26
I wouldn't believe all the media discourse against vegans and protein. You are perfectly capable of getting all the nutrients you need through non animal products. I'm also sure that Wenger, who revolutionised the english game with his attitudes to diet and recovery etc, would not allow someone in his elite squad to consume a diet that would compromise their performance.

06 May 2018 10:06:43
I don't know a lot about diet and the effects they have on people's performance but I do know some people who are vegetarian and vegan need to have vitamin b injections from thier doctor.
Protein shouldn't be a problem from my very limited knowledge because nuts and beans are full of protein apparently.
But it is a fair question 254 mate.
I wonder how many footballers are vegan and if any really top players are? That might give us a clue I guess.

{Ed001's Note - it shouldn't be a problem, there are a fair number of vegan MMA fighters and I am pretty sure Carl Lewis is vegan, well he says he is, but he also says he never took steroids despite receiving bans on more than one occasion for positive tests prior to the Ben Johnson Olympics....

So long as they eat properly, it makes little real difference. For you and I it wouldn't, but when you move in the rarefied air of top flight professional footballers or RG61 and can jet to The Ritz to have a chef specially prepare you a fresh vegan meal, all without actually leaving London, then you should be able to get a balanced diet. Vitamin B, for instance, can be obtained via folates which are present in large quantities in green, leafy veg. There is no real need for injections.}

06 May 2018 10:37:11
I'm pretty sure your spot on about the vast majority of people where on a day to day basis meat eater or veggie makes very little difference I'm sure there are plenty of pros and cons for both.
Personally I'm very much a meat eater and don't see that changing, I just try not to think about it to much.

{Ed001's Note - a few years back I had a short period of being veggie, not through choice like, it was just cheaper to buy veg than meat. It is very easy to do without in physical terms, but to get to peak fitness you need a dietician to work with. I believe Arsenal have at least one on the books.}

06 May 2018 11:06:21
Personally I'd love to eat more veg for the health benefits but a pound of of sprouts just doesn't have the same attraction as a pound of sirloin for me.
Although me and the misus are getting into micro veg after watching an article about it on the food unwrapped program, in Holland they have greenhouses that stretch for miles growing the stuff and apparently micro veg has 90 x the vitamins and minerals of the fully developed plant.
The seeds cost pence and the stuff grows in a week ( it's extortionate price in the supermarket) and according to the scientific evidence used as garnish on the side of your plate has the equivalent benefits as a whole plate of the mature stuff.
I'm 55 and since I've been eating it don't i suddenly feel about, 55 :-) .
I guess it might take more than a few days to kick in so won't give up just yet :-)

{Ed001's Note - only 55? I always thought you looked a lot older....}

06 May 2018 12:01:37
That's what the micro greens are for mate, I'm hoping to look and feel 20 years younger, obviously not immediately I've got to be realistic about it, but I've high hopes for this time next week:-) ( if I remember to eat them that is )

{Ed001's Note - 20 years younger will put you down to about 805 then....}

06 May 2018 13:24:44
Ambitious I know but that's the aim mate :-)

07 May 2018 12:04:51
Not to rubbish vegan diets, but yes protein tends to be issue. Not the quantity of protein but the quality of the amino acids. Best quality is animal products. Least is protein from grains. Best vegan protein is nuts and seeds. This is the problem. If the whole world goes vegan then our greater AFC need to start buying land now to ensure they can feed the team. The rest of well we will just make do with the severe shortage of protein and high cost as most land will be used for biodiesel.

{Ed033's Note - The rest of us can enjoy our Soylent Green!



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