Virat Kohli switches to veganism, to improve fitness

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ndia’s run machine, Kohli decided to keep away from animal and dairy products.

The Indian cricket captain is reportedly “feeling stronger than ever” after switching to a vegan diet. He started consuming vegan food four months ago in an attempt to improve his fitness levels, and now he doesn’t eat meat, eggs or dairy products anymore. His current diet includes protein shakes, vegetables and soya.

“Two years ago, when he was on a normal diet, he had said that he would go vegan if given a choice. He is now feeling stronger than before,” a source was quoted as saying by the Times Of India.

Recently, in home series against the Windies, Kohli completed his 24 Test century breaking the record of Sachin Tendulkar.

What is Veganism?

A vegan diet contains only plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts, and fruits) and foods made from plants. Vegans do not eat foods that are derived from animals, including dairy products and eggs.

It’s important to replace these animal products with protein and iron-rich plant alternatives, such as legumes, nuts, nut butter and seeds. Usually vegans consume less calcium than non-vegans. They should attempt to make calcium-fortified plant milks and plant yogurts part of their daily menu to increase the calcium intake. Sprouted and fermented plant foods, whole grains, cereals and pseudocereals are common foods consumed by vegans.

November 1 is celebrated as World Vegan Day.

Benefits of Vegan Diet

  • This diet helps in losing excess weight.
  • Vegan diet is known to protect one against certain cancers.
  • It lowers the risk of heart disease.
  • A vegan diet can lower blood sugar levels and improve kidney functions as well

Some well known vegan athletes

  • Australian Test cricketer, Peter Siddle became a vegan in 2012.
  • Former Australian cricketer, Jason Neil Gillespie is a vegan and has criticised dairy farming and use of leather balls.
  • Venus Williams, the American tennis player started a raw vegan diet after she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011.
  • Kendrick James Farris, an Olympic weightlifter from the United States, has been a vegan since late 2014.
  • Four times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is also a vegan. He took to Instagram to speak out about veganism earlier this year and urged his followers to ditch animal products.