Athlete Hector Bellerín Says Quick Recovery Will Keep Him Plant-Based

The football star says a vegan diet has improved his performance
Vegand Diet of Hector Bellerín
The pro athlete says he is recovering 'way quicker' than before (Photo: Intagram)

Arsenal right back Hector Bellerín says his improved recovery is the reason he's made his vegan diet permanent.


The pro footballer recently told ESPN that - despite the fact that he'd tried plant-based eating as a 'detox' experiment - he would be sticking to the plan long term.

He said: "The recovery after games in my muscles and the long-term injuries that I have had before have started to recover way quicker."

"So why would I change something that is working for me?"

Hector Bellerín Plant Based
Despite his professional status, Bellerín has been criticised for his change in diet (Photo: Instagram)


While the move has made the athlete the target of criticism - including that of sports commenter Alan Brazil - he maintains that an animal-free diet is nutritionally adequate.

Bellerín told MR PORTER: "When it comes to nutritional literature, everyone is very old-school... 'You need milk, eggs, meat!'

"But actually, you are able to get the same amount of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins from plants."

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