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The Plant-Based Athlete

presented by Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CDCES, FAND

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Financial: Roberta Anding receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

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Video Runtime: 52 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 39 Minutes

Although estimates vary, there is an increase in the number of athletes and physically active people adopting a plant-based diet. The reasons are varied, and clinicians need to be able assess, advise, and monitor plant-based athletes.

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Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CDCES, FAND

Roberta Anding is a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant for the Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs team. She is an instructor in the Baylor Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Roberta is faculty at Rice University and is currently the sports dietitian for the Rice Owls. She is the former sports dietitian for the Houston Texans,…

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1. Plant-Based Diets: An Overview

There are many variations of plant-based diets, and clinicians need to be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the varied dietary approaches.

2. The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Well-planned plant-based diets can have many health benefits, including the reduction of chronic disease. Protein needs can be met with careful planning. In this chapter, strategies for planning plant-based diets will be presented.

3. Why Do Athletes Become Vegan?

The rationale for becoming vegan often centers around sustainability and animal rights. Other reasons include orthorexia, or the desire to eat perfectly, and may be risk factors for disordered eating. Social media is also an influence over dietary patterns, placing athletes at risk based on pseudoscience.

4. Nutrients at Risk

The more restrictive the meal plan becomes, the more likely there will be nutrient deficiencies. This chapter will review the common nutrient deficiencies associated with plant-based diets.

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