Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling has credited his new vegan diet for his improved physical performance on the pitch.
He revealed that his wife has been vegan for a number of years, and persuaded him to give it a try.
His wife is such a committed vegan, she is considering creating her own recipe book.
“My wife is vegan and has been for a few years,”
“She’s often tried to persuade me. She cooks a lot at home and half the time I was eating vegan anyway. I wasn’t fully vegan, when we ate out, I would have what I normally have.”
“After a while I started to cut out red meat, because red meat causes quite a lot of inflammation and I had a lot of tendinitis in my knee, which many footballers get.”
Smalling noticed that once he began to cut out red meat, his tendonitis started to disappear.
While normally he suffers from tendonitis during pre-season, he has not yet suffered from it at all.
He also credited vegan documentaries for his decision to commit to a vegan diet.
As well as demonstrating the benefits of a vegan diet, Chris Smalling has also been encouraging people to not leave their dogs in hot cars.
Working with PETA, he made a video to remind people about the dangers of leaving dogs in cars over the summer.