by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Eats, Sports, Vegan
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Arian Foster is known for battling it out on the football field as a running back for the Houston Texans, but he is now causing quite a stir with his new vegan diet.

Last week, Foster announced via Twitter his switch to veganism, “Officially a vegan now. We’ll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.”

Even though he feels great, others aren’t impressed and are questioning whether he can play a tough game without meat in his system.

As states, “Foster, something of a Renaissance man, set off alarms with those who care more about his yards per carry than his intestinal flora count. Many were concerned that an NFL running back might go soft if he stripped ribs and deviled eggs from his regiment.”

Some of Foster’s Twitter followers gave him a hard time for his announcement. In response to Foster saying he’s never drank an entire glass of milk, one twitterer went as far to say he did when he was a baby. Foster responded, “My mom didn’t produce cow milk.”

This is quite an interesting argument. Many athletes live and play with a veg diet and it doesn’t seem to slow them down.

For example, hockey player Mike Zigomanis, from the Toronto Marlies, embraces veganism, “It’s a stigma, I guess, when you’re a vegan and guys kind of label you. Hockey’s a big, macho sport. And when people think of vegans … what do you think of when you think of vegans? You tell me. Long hair. Tie-dyed T-shirt.

“There’s one representation. But there’s bodybuilders, there’s MMA fighters, football players, basketball players. Triathletes, a lot of them are vegan. All the ultra-marathon runners are vegan.”

As Zigomanis says, many other athletes dismiss meat from their diets. Such athletes include boxer Mike Tyson, Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, football player Desmond Howard and tennis star Venus Williams.

Who would have thought that someone cutting meat out of their daily eating regimen would cause such hullabaloo. As Foster says, “People feel so strong about meat and milk. I wish they felt this strong about peace.”

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Marisa

    It’s Mike Zigomanis, not Mark! :-) And he’s a lovely guy.

  • Lo

    Amazing. Good for Foster!

  • Jacob Jones

    You cannot play a full season, at RB, without intaking mass amounts of protein.. That’s just a fact.. Ed “Too Tall” Jones was a vegetarian, but would supplement his diet, with meat, during the season..

    • Jonah block

      hes the athlete, I think he knows what he is doing

    • Jennifer Heatherly

      There are plenty of plants that provide protein as well as quinoa, beans & lentils. Everyone NEEDS protein to live. You DO NOT have to get it from an animal source. This is a FACT!

    • Adam Habibi


    • MaxDWolf

      It is not a “fact”. It is the standard assumption. The fact is, we don’t have enough information either way about what the optimal protein intake for a top athlete is, let alone how different sports and positions within them might vary that. In the end anyway, it’s nobodies business but Fosters’. As long as he performs, even the coach has no say about it.

    • Raiza Perrault

      Are you talking about ANIMAL protein? there are other sources of Proteins in case you did not know…..

  • Angela M. Kikuchi Kneale

    Happy V day Arian Foster

  • Diane Krstulovich

    Sounds like it’s getting easier and easier for these guys to respond well to criticism. It’s hard to fight against a proven record. Go Foster!

  • Karen Coyne

    What a man! It takes a strong person to go against the masses and do what he knows is right. What courage and strength. Way to go, Foster!!! (The masses will catch up eventually, but they’ve got the most powerful industries in the world–meat, dairy, and egg–working hard to “prove” that their products need to be purchased. Too many sheep.)

  • Tara Stone Kramer

    Kudos to Arian Foster..and WAKE UP PEOPLE…you don’t need meat to have a strong healthy body!! It’s time to take the next step forward in the OLD Backward thinking..

  • Jack Xiao

    Become a vegan is just like having a Kechara Protection Chakras that may helps him to have a better and healthier body ~ and also he prove that a people who strong like him can also be a vegan, why cant we ?

  • Adam B.

    Who cares! As long as his performance on the field is not negatively impacted the man can do whatever he wants in his personal life.
    The Texans will still eat EVERYBODY’S LUNCH!!!!! Superbowl bound!!!

  • anthony

    Elephants, Rhinos, Silver Back Gorillas, Hippos, Bulls and many of the largest dinosaurs all eat veggies. Think about it

  • anthony

    Vegetarians may get leucine from soybeans, lentils, nuts, seeds and hummus (chickpeas).
    For complete proteins ( all nine of the essential amino acids) eat the superfood quinoa.

    For Iron eat some kale. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.

    There is no downside to eating a plant based diet.