Snooker player sings praises of meat-free eating

 

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Snooker player Peter Ebdon has revealed the importance of a meat-free diet in keeping him fit and focused at the table.

The 2002 World Champion, currently competing in his 21st consecutive world championship, has cut all meat and dairy out of his diet since late last year and has been noticing the benefits in terms of health and outlook.

“I’ve been vegan for almost five months and it’s made a huge difference,” Ebdon told BBC Sport. “My concentration and focus is good and the diet is a big part of that.”

While a diet high in animal protein has traditionally been linked to sporting prowess, a slew of scientific reports over the past few years have underlined just how bad for your health it can be to eat too much meat.

And a host of famous sportsmen and women have gone meat-free over the years and still become world-beaters, including tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova, athlete Carl Lewis even boxer Mike Tyson.

One of the world’s most notorious meat-eaters – he went so far as to nibble on Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight in 1997 – Tyson has been a vegan for three years.

He revealed in an interview last year that his diet made him feel: “Incredible. I wish I was born this way. When you find out about the processed stuff you have been eating. I wonder why I was crazy all those years.”

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