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Fruit-Based Vegan Diet Attracts Athletes

Many Olympians and professional athletes are trying a plant-based diet emphasizing fresh fruit and raw vegetables.


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According to The Daily Mail, an increasing number of athletes are choosing the “80/10/10” diet, a regimen comprised predominantly of carbohydrates and nutrients obtained from fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables, with smaller amounts of fat and protein. The United Kingdom-based publication names NBA star Ronnie Grandison, tennis player Martina Navratilova, and marathon runner Michael Arnstein as just a few disciples of the diet, which was created by chiropractic doctor and nutrition expert Douglas M. Graham. The name refers to the recommended proportions of 80 percent raw fruits and vegetables (heavy on the fruit, which has higher caloric content), 10 percent protein, and 10 percent fats, such as from nuts and seeds. Graham cites some of the diet’s main benefits to include improved circulation, ease of digestion, greater energy, and an overall improved sense of well-being.

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