Foster announced last week that he is foregoing meat and animal products going forward. So is a vegan RB going to lack power? According to Jessica Bennett, a registered dietitian who works at Vanderbilt University’s nutrition clinic in Nashville and assists the school’s athletes, vegan athletes have generally returned to a vegetarian diet or even one that includes meat. “The biggest challenge for them is if they get injured, getting the muscle strength back,” she said. “It’s definitely possible to get enough protein, but you have to have the resources. He probably has the resources to do it properly.” Reported by ESPN.com
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ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky explained, as a vegan, Foster will have to look to tofu, beans and legumes for protein. At his listed weight of 229 pounds from last season, Benet told Kuharsky that as a strength and power athlete, Foster will need about 175 grams of protein a day. Minus meat, Greek yogurt and milk, getting those 175 grams a day can be challenging she said. The staff responsible for feeding the Texans on the road will also have to work to set Foster up with what he needs. There are protein powders that can help -- but because of the NFL’s strict banned substances list, any protein powder Foster uses will be one he’s had looked over and approved by Houston’s training staff. But it can be done. Veteran E Tony Gonzalez is among athletes who have adopted a vegan diet. But given Foster's lofty Fantasy status, we'll be watching closely for any signs the diet is going to be an issue. Stay tuned.