News

Soccer Player Goes Vegan to Vie for World Cup

England's Jermain Defoe ditches animal products to extend his athletic abilities.

Premier League club Sunderland and English national team’s striker Jermain Defoe recently announced his plan to eschew animal products from his diet. The 34-year-old soccer player made a comeback to the sport after a three year absence, scoring the first goal to help the English national beat Lithuania last weekend. “I have a better understanding of my body now," Defoe said. "Everyone wants to feel fresh in the game. There's no better feeling. So I'm just making sure I'm doing the right things—cryotherapy, massage, eating the right things—trying to turn vegan.” Defoe hopes his plant-based diet will help land him in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, an opportunity he missed during the 2014 tournament in Brazil. “It was my girlfriend's idea,” Defoe said, “She's always showing me these documentaries … it's always nice to have someone around you to who helps you and drives you on and wants you to do well.” A host of athletes have turned to a plant-based diet for both ethical reasons and in order to achieve optimal athletic performance—including surfer Tia Blanco, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, and boxer David Haye.

More News

Pinterest Names Vegan Food Top Wedding Trend

According to the social media platform's 2018 Wedding Report, interest in vegan nuptials is on the rise.
Read More »

Chef Chloe Coscarelli Opens New Café in Miami

Beloved vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is back with new eatery, Chef Chloe and the Vegan Café, in highly anticipated St. Roch food hall in Miami's design district.
Read More »

Team Canada Wears All-Vegan Uniforms at Olympics

Animal-rights activists praise apparel brand Hudson's Bay Company for outfitting this year's Olympians in animal-free outwear.
Read More »

Photographer Creates the Most Vegan Proposal Ever

Popping the question with the help of an avocado is gaining traction thanks to Amsterdam food stylist Colette Dike.
Read More »

Tyson to Launch Plant-Based Meal Bowls

The meat company is disrupting itself to stay competitive as consumer habits shift toward animal-free foods.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »