No Veggies for America's Athletes

Ironically, many of America’s superstar athletes eat like crap—call me naïve, but I always thought healthy diet and fitness go hand in hand—apparently not. Miami Heat and 2008 U.S. Olympic team shooting guard Dwayne Wade DOESN’T eat vegetables! Via Michael Lee of Heavy Medal:

"We got a spread of different stuff. You've got fish. You've got Chicken. You've got steak. A lot of different stuff," Dwyane Wade said. "Chef Lovie. He's great."

Wade was then asked why the players came to the other end of the globe to eat at Tony Roma's, California Pizza Kitchen and McDonald's.

"You got to stay with what you know," Wade said. "I don't eat seafood. I don't eat vegetables. I don't eat none of that stuff, so I got to really stick with what I know."

What, no vegetables? How does Wade get his nutrients?

"I don't know. I don't eat vegetables," he said.

So, far all the little kids out there looking for a reason not to eat their spinach and broccoli, you have a role model in Wade. An Olympian, NBA all-star and Finals MVP doesn't eat his vegetables. Dreams really can come true.

Carmelo Anthony said that before he leaves China, he will attempt to eat some actual Chinese food. But his teammates are trying to play it safe.

Ugh! No wonder why D-Wade is injury-prone. Sadly, it gets worse. U.S. super swimmer Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day; including stuff like cheese, white bread, mayonnaise, coffee, chocolate-chip pancakes, pasta and fried eggs—via The New York Post. Sheesh!

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Joel Fuhrman, MD - August 14, 2008 9:08 AM

I guess that is why lots of these former athletes die young, in spite of being great physical specimens.

It also explains why they don’t produce good performances after the age of 35. I like Dwayne Wade and I know I could get him to like vegetables, send him over to my house for dinner.

Sam - August 14, 2008 10:06 AM

Carl Lewis has pointed this out as well. It really is amazing though. When competing at the Olympic level, you'd think they would look for any competitive edge they could find when the difference between winning and losing can measure in the hundreths of a second. After all, formula 1 race cars don't fuel up on regular unleaded at your local pump.

jennifer - August 14, 2008 4:11 PM

I have been dying to talk about this!! How do you all like McDonalds as the "official" Olympic restaurant!! The other night when they did the piece on what Michael Phelps eats I just wanted to give him some veggies!! Not very Fuhrman-friendly.

HappyCat - August 14, 2008 5:00 PM

When you travel you want to stick with what you know. You don't want to eat something you're allergic to or upsets your stomach and then spend the rest of the trip in your room. You especially want to stay with stuff that's well cooked. You probably have no resistance to the local microfauna.

Besides, did you see that fried scorpion on a stick? Yick!

Yuri - August 14, 2008 6:34 PM

It amazes me at how these people can perform at such a high level!

Just imagine how much better they would be if they actually whole foods, more vegetables, and especially more live foods.

Sharon Shaw - August 14, 2008 7:27 PM

No veggies???!! Duhhh-wayne

Sara - August 14, 2008 11:13 PM

Well We know that fitness does not equal health. Not all athletes are very bright.

Steve - August 15, 2008 7:53 AM

I remember hearing years ago that the average life expectancy of an NFL football player was about 58 years!

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