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Can vegetarian athletes adequately fuel performance?

For the unprepared athlete, avoiding animal-based foods may lead to nutritional deficiencies that negatively impact on health, injury and performance. Sue Appelboom explores the importance of dietary planning and appropriate supplementation for vegetarians in order to support peak performance.

Awareness of the dietary risks that vegetarians face is paramount. These include inadequate intake of energy, protein, fatty acids and essential micronutrients. In this article vegetarians are defined as those who avoid animal tissue proteins – meat, poultry and fish – but may consume eggs (ovo-vegetarian) or dairy (lacto-vegetarian) or vegans who consume only plant foods. Reference nutrient intakes (RNIs) are USA recommendations for adults and are total intakes from all sources.

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Welcome to Row360, the world’s only global, independent rowing magazine. Row360 brings you features from around the world, profiling the best athletes, coaches, and others from the whole rowing community – Olympic, Paralympic, college, club, ocean, and more. Highlights this month: - The World's Fastest Woman: New Zealand's Emma Twigg profiled - From Bled to Aiguebelette: The World Cup Reviews - Danish Determination: Henrik Stephansen’s remarkable recovery - Husky Power: Michael Callahan and the University of Washington