Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao was recently seen reading a copy of PETA’s free vegan starter kit. His wife, Jinkee, is a frequent visitor at ELPI Vegan Resto, a local vegan restaurant in General Santos.
Is the Philippines’ Number-One Boxer Knocking Meat Out of His Diet?
If Pac-Man has decided to become Veg-Man, he won’t be alone. Increasingly, professional athletes are going vegan, and they’re crediting their meat- and dairy-free lifestyles with helping them to achieve peak performance. Top vegan athletes have noted numerous benefits, including feeling leaner and healthier and seeing a boost in their energy levels. And let’s not forget that Timothy Bradley, the boxer who once beat Pacquiao in a match, credits vegan foods for much of his success.
Last year, vegan UFC fighter Nate Diaz sent shockwaves around the world when he beat the previously undefeated Conor McGregor. Heavyweight boxing champion David Haye says that he has more energy since switching to plant-based foods. Boxer Cam F. Awesome has been a tournament-winning machine since adopting a cruelty-free diet, and vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian has broken the world record for the most weight ever carried by a human. Most recently, New Zealand UFC star Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt said that he was so sick of seeing cruelty to animals in the meat industry that he planned to switch to a plant-based diet.
Watch Haye promote the knockout power of vegan meals:
Vegan meals provide athletes with all the protein, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that they need to become stronger and faster—without the artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy “products.” Energy-boosting complex carbohydrates, including whole-wheat breads and pastas, fruits, and vegetables, are all naturally vegan, and muscle-building protein is found in abundance in foods such as beans, nuts, tofu, and whole grains.