Similarly, what athletes are gluten-free?
Now, entire grocery aisles and cookbooks are devoted to ways to avoid it (you can even get gluten-free Communion wafers). Celebrity athletes are helping fuel the gluten-free lifestyle: Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the Garmin cycling team and top tennis player Novak Djokovic have all been vocal about its benefits.
Beside above, do athletes avoid gluten?
Gluten and Athletic Performance
Because of how trendy and popular this diet has become, many athletes avoid gluten even though they don’t have any symptoms because they believe it will improve performance.
Does Djokovic eat gluten?
The key to the diet Djokovic now follows is the absence of both gluten – which is present in most foods – and dairy products. He also cuts out as much sugar as possible. The world No 1’s diet is based on vegetables, beans, white meat, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and healthy oils.
Yes, meat is naturally gluten-free.
Plain, fresh cuts of meat, including beef, poultry (chicken, turkey, etc), rabbit, lamb and fish/seafood meat, are all gluten-free. However, be careful with breaded or floured meats, which typically contain wheat and therefore gluten.
An athlete may also be experiencing improved performance with a gluten-free diet because it spurs an overall healthier eating plan. Many processed, packaged foods, as well as fast food items, contain wheat, barley, and/or their derivatives. These additives are often used as thickeners, sweeteners, or fillers.
Many naturally gluten-free foods can be a part of a healthy diet:
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Beans, seeds, legumes and nuts in their natural, unprocessed forms.
- Lean, nonprocessed meats, fish and poultry.
- Most low-fat dairy products.
Gluten-free carbohydrate sources are widely available in supermarkets. Beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, butternut squash, and beets, etc.) are all great carbohydrate sources.
Does Rice Have Gluten? All natural forms of rice — white, brown, or wild — are gluten-free. Natural rice is a great option for people who are sensitive to or allergic to gluten, a protein usually found in wheat, barley, and rye, and for people who have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten.
Djokovic’s diet is based on vegetables, beans, white meat, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and healthy oils. He says a prayer before each meal to remind him to appreciate food, eats mindfully – without distractions – and buys organic when possible.
Pure oats are gluten-free and safe for most people with gluten intolerance. However, oats are often contaminated with gluten because they may be processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye, and barley.