Back in August, it was reported that Jermain Defoe had credited his football comeback to his plant-based diet. It seems that the footballer is still standing by his decision to go mostly meat-free and now he’s telling up-and-coming players to consider making the change.
As reported in The Daily Mail, Defoe said “last season I played every single game and I didn’t get a single muscle injury. I think I was the only player in the whole squad, and I’m one of the senior players.” He added, “this is me sending a message out to the younger players to say, if you can do what I am doing, and think about what you are eating, then they could play into their late 30’s and early 40’s.”
In a new video from popular veggie and vegan brand, Quorn, the footballer has teamed up with Ben Fogle to educate viewers about the dangers of animal agriculture on the environment and the benefits of eating plant-based.
The video begins with Fogle, a self-confessed previous meat lover, explaining how important it is to consider our food choices and their impact on the environment. Fogle says, “the amount of meat we eat produces more greenhouse emissions than every single car in the world.”
He then interviews Defoe, who explains the health benefits, “I still feel sharp,” he says, “I don’t feel like I’m fatiguing in games, I don’t have to come off after 75 minutes and it’s probably down to my diet for sure.”