NFL diet: Cats don’t need vegan diet
The NFL has no plans to add vegan diets to its training programs, league spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press.
He said NFL players have been asked about vegan diets and the league will not make any changes.
The NFL already allows vegan athletes to participate in weightlifting, although the sport requires a medical exemption for the athletes.
The league did not respond to AP questions about the timing of its announcement.
Aiellos statement came a day after a group of high school football players asked the NFL to reconsider its ban on vegan athletes.
Some have called for the NFL, in the wake of the NFL Players Association’s endorsement of a petition calling for a vegan diet in the NFL.
The petition, which garnered more than 1.6 million signatures, calls on the league to reconsider banning vegan athletes, saying they do not perform well on the field.
The players’ petition also includes some examples of what they have witnessed on the playing field.
NFL teams and players are also required to comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a federal document that outlines nutrition guidelines for Americans.
“I would be more than happy to do it if they could do it for everybody, including the vegans,” Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin said.
“The only problem is the way they treat them, the way the veg guys treat them.
I don’t know if I could get on board.
But I can’t get on with them.”
The petition was signed by nearly 600 players and athletes.
They included former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, linebacker Luke Kuechly, linebacker Aaron Lynch, linebacker Zach Brown, running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
It was signed on behalf of more than 30 other NFL players.
A few of the petition’s signatories said they had experienced firsthand the effects of veg eating on their bodies.
“It’s very difficult, because it affects your brain, it affects the body, and it affects how your muscles contract and how your energy system functions,” linebacker Marcus Smith said.
The former NFL quarterback said the weight loss was not the only problem with the vegan diet.
“Veganism is a diet for meat-eaters.
They eat a lot of meat.
They don’t have the healthiest diet in all of sports, but they’re the ones who are the ones doing the most damage,” he said.
Smith also questioned the league’s policy against vegan athletes on the grounds that the diet was not designed for vegan athletes and that vegan athletes are not required to adhere to the guidelines.
“If it was designed for vegans, it would be a completely different sport,” Smith said, adding that he hoped the NFL would reconsider.
The issue has become a major distraction in the football season.
During the regular season, the NFL is expected to have about 10,000 to 15,000 vegan athletes in its league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a vegan himself, has previously spoken about the health benefits of veganism.
Goodell said the NFL does not believe vegan athletes should be banned, but he has not made a final decision on the issue.
The NCAA has also made a decision not to ban vegan athletes from the sport.
The school said in a statement Thursday that it is reviewing the NCAA’s policy and will provide an update “in the coming days.”
In its statement, the NCAA said it has not determined whether it will pursue a vegan-only policy for athletes.
“While we understand that athletes may find it challenging to adhere strictly to the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Dietary Guidelines, we have not determined this course of action,” the statement said.