Former physiotherapist for Surrey Country Cricket Club, the Bangladesh cricket team, the Indian cricket team, and the Rajasthan Royals, John Gloster, has been in the cricketing circuit for over two decades now.
Virat Kohli, one of the fittest athletes in the country, recently made headlines when he announced that he had turned vegan.
When Gloster was asked if he would recommend that to other athletes, he spoke against it saying most of the athletes have reversed that because their bodies are not able to sustain that kind of nutritional status.
“Definitely not. There is enough evidence out there that most people who turn vegan reverse that within one or two years because their bodies are not able to sustain a certain nutritional status. Vegans remove all animal products completely from their diets. Therefore, you are removing four of the most crucial vitamins for human life – Vitamin A, B group, D and K.
These are all fat-soluble vitamins, which are derived from and delivered to the cells by fat. So if you are removing all fats, which come from animal products such as dairy and eggs, then long-term you are going to struggle. Artificial sources aren’t as good as natural ones,” he told a national media organisation.
The head of sports science at the GoSports Foundation, Gloster went on to say, “There is a lot of debate around it, but that’s good. There is also a number of positives, which is we are all questioning what we are reading. There are a lot of positives to take out of the vegan athletes in the sort of discipline and ethics they have. But as a complete nutritional picture, I’m not sure it’s the healthiest way to go. It’s not about jumping on the bandwagon of being vegan or going on a keto diet, but you need to go where the science and research is.”