Thursday, May 26, 2005

Cricket Ace Champions Dairy Free Vegetarian Diet

Chappell recommends vegetarian diet for all : Cricket OFF-THE-FIELD : CricketZone.Com: "Chappell recommends vegetarian diet for all
25th May 2005 22.43 IST
By Agencies

Former Australian captain and the new coach of the Indian cricket team Greg Chappell has been recommending vegetarianism for all, from athletes to businessmen, and credits his vegetarian diet for improving his own health.

In his book 'Health and Fitness', Chappell says that giving up meat and dairy products in favour of healthier foods like soya and vegetables made him feel stronger and healthier.

''We are the only species of animal on earth that still consumes milk products after being weaned. To make things worse, we do not even consume our own milk products but get them from another kind of animal,'' Chappell wrote in his book.

''Dairy milk is a perfectly balanced food for calves but for nothing else. It does contain certain nutrients, but it also contains things which do us much more harm than the nutrients do us good,'' he said.

When Chappell became vegetarian, he discovered that the illness that had plagued him all his life disappeared. ''I gave up red meat at the same time as I gave dairy foods, but while the benefits of avoiding red meat took awhile to become evident, the effect of giving up dairy food was immediate,'' Chappell wrote.

''Clearly, I had been showing all the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Within days, literally, of giving up milk and cheese, these symptoms disappeared,'' he added.

Chappell joins highest Indian wicket-taker Anil Kumble , who has also appeared in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advertisements promoting healthful veggie foods. "

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