Do vegetarians athletes need to combine complementary proteins after all?

There's been plenty of chatter about training on vegan and vegetarian diets lately, thanks to the publication of Scott Jurek's new book . (If you haven't seen it, check out the excerpt in last month's RW .) I added my two cents in a column in the Globe and Mail , looking at what the science says regarding meat-free athletes and what special issues they might need to consider. Most of the issues are pretty familiar, like making sure you get enough absorbable iron from plant sources. A few lesser known challenges: Zinc, vitamin B-12 and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA are all crucial for physical performance and are either hard to absorb or hard to get enough of from plant sources, so the authors recommend taking supplements. For vegans, calcium may also be a concern with a dairy-less diet. The biggest surprise to me came from McMaster University researcher (and protein guru) Stu...

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