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PETA India Urges Pakistan Cricket Team Coach to Get Team to Go Vegan

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In response to the recent decision by Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq to ban the team from eating biryani, red meats, and certain other unhealthy foods, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's in-house nutritionist and health expert, Dr Kiran Ahuja, has sent him a letter urging him to get the team to eat vegan.

In her letter, Dr Ahuja points out that athletes around the world are going vegan to improve their game and their general health. For instance, tennis legend Novak Djokovic, Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton, former Australia cricketer Jason Gillespie, and India's national football captain, Sunil Chhetri, are all vegan.

The full text of the letter is below.

Subject: How cricketers can improve their performance by eating vegan

Dear Misbah-ul-Haq,
As a nutritionist and health expert with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, I commend your decision to require Pakistan's cricketers to eat more healthily. This is a wonderful first step, and we hope you'll now consider encouraging them to eat vegan (wholly plant-based). From tennis legend Novak Djokovic to Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton, elite sports stars are opting for vegetables, fruits, pulses, grains, and other vegan foods instead of animal-derived ones to improve their game and their general health.
Eating vegan foods that are low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants benefits athletes' performance, endurance, recovery, and more. These foods keep their hearts strong and their body weight down, prevent inflammation, and keep their saturated fat and cholesterol levels low, which prevents pain, increases aerobic capacity (the ability to use oxygen to fuel exercise), and improves blood viscosity so that more oxygen reaches the muscles, thereby improving athletic performance. The US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics confirms that vegan foods are appropriate for athletes and reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and obesity.
Many professional athletes choose to build and maintain body tissue with vegan protein sources such as beans, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and non-dairy milks – because unlike animal-derived sources of protein, they also contain fibre and complex carbohydrates, which are the primary fuel used during high-intensity exercise.
Former Australia cricketer Jason Gillespie stays in top shape by eating vegan, and India's national football captain, Sunil Chhetri, has also stopped consuming animals' flesh, eggs, and milk. He says that eating vegan food helps with recovery and that he's experienced other health benefits. Likewise, US women's national football team star Alex Morgan says that being vegan makes her "stronger and helps with fatigue and recovery".
Several professional basketball and American football players, including DeAndre Jordan, JaVale McGee, Kyle Kuzma, Jahlil Okafor, Colin Kaepernick, and Malcolm Jenkins, also credit their vegan meal plans with improving their recovery time, energy levels, weight loss, strength, and more. Canadian Olympic medal–winning figure skater Meagan Duhamel fuels up on vegetables, fruits, pulses, grains, and other vegan foods, too, and vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian even broke the world record for the most weight ever carried by a human.
A study that revealed that Roman gladiators were predominantly vegetarian inspired the upcoming documentary The Game Changers, which features professional athletes who share how eating vegan builds strength and optimises their health.
Athletes who eat vegan foods also score big for protecting animals and the environment, making them all-round winners. PETA India would be happy to provide additional nutritional information, cooking and shopping tips, and anything else you might need.
If you are interested or have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at [email protected] You can also visit PETAIndia.com for more information.
Thank you again for your interest in promoting healthy eating.
Dr Kiran Ahuja, BPTh, DNHE
Vegan Outreach Coordinator
PETA India

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