NSCA’s Performance Training Journal
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n the previous issue, wedismissed some commons mythsand misconceptions regarding vegetarian diets for athletes. In this ﬁnalpart, we will look at what foods vegetarianathletes need to eat to meet certain vitamin and mineral requirements.Depending on how restrictive the dietis (see table 1), the more importantit becomes to choose the right foods,rather than just omit the foods one doesNon-Vegan Sources: Cheese, milk,yogurt, oysters, salmon, and sardines.
: Foods such as: spinach, chard,beet greens, and sorrel contain calcium,but also have oxalic acid, which binds tocalcium and makes it unusable. Also, many juices are now calciumfortiﬁed, making calcium intake lesscomplicated for vegans. In addition, if you take a calcium supplement, splitnot wish to eat (1). Te following sectiondiscusses sources of some nutrientsimportant to vegetarian athletes.
Vegetarian Food Sources
Vegan Sources: Orange, peanuts, greatnorthern beans, tofu, molasses, rhubarb,turnip greens, kale, chicory greensbroccoli, and green beans.
Te Healthy Vegetarian Athlete(Part II)
Debra Wein, MS, RD, LDN, NSCA-CPT