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The Nutrition Blueprint Podcast

The Nutrition Blueprint podcast is a health, nutrition, and fitness show hosted by registered dietitian and sports nutrition coach Andres Ayesta. Formerly Vive Nutrition Radio, this podcast is focused on bringing the latest in nutrition and health education to help you design a better lifestyle starting with what you put on your plate. Through expert interviews and his popular chit chat series, Andres dissects common topics into digestible (pun intended) pieces that are applicable to everyone's goals. From weight loss and fat loss strategies to supplementation and life hacks, this podcast is everything you need to be the best version of you

Nov 7, 2019

A very controversial documentary was released on Netflix a few weeks ago and as it is usually expected from most documentaries: It had an agenda. 

Let’s just start by stating important facts. As sports registered dietitian, I am NOT against plant-based diets, vegetarianism or veganism, however, I have a strong case against content that is misleading and filled with misinformation. Sadly this is the case for the Games Changers documentary and the agenda they push to advocate for veganism by presented facts that are misconstrued and manipulated to present their version of the truth. I am NOT saying that being a vegan is a bad approach to health, on the contrary, it is something I support, but not in an environment that creates superiority over other dietary regimes, even more so in a population that is known to be uneducated on basic nutrition principles 

I waited a couple of weeks to watch this documentary as I always like to dive into the rebuttals and responses from all communities. I used a couple of great reviews that presented factual information and contextual research to support or go against some of the claims in this documentary



Dr. Ryan Lowery - Fact or Fiction: Debunking The Game Changers Movie

Here are some of the arguments made in this documentary 

  • Gladiators in ancient times were vegan or plant-based eaters 
  • Plant-based Athletes have more endurance and perform better on a plant-based diet 
  • Plant-based protein sources are of high quality and more complete sources than animal-based sources
  • Plant-based Diets support endothelial function 
  • Animal-based diet is related to heart disease and heart problems
  • Consumption of meat is directly related to cancer
  • Erectile Strenght and duration is higher after consuming a plant-based food
  • Farming and Green House Emissions and the environmental impact of meat consumption is worse than the effect of transportation (cars, planes, ships, etc) 


During this episode, I dissected some (not all of those claims) in detail and provided references below. I pulled these references from the article written by Meredith Root here


Gladiator Diets



These are the studies cited with regards to vegetarian diets for athletes:

Endothelial Function

Beet Root


Plant-Based Guide for Physicians

Heme Iron

Heart Disease

Cancer Risk


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