Former Mr Universe Barny du Plessis is among the elite athletes who have turned vegan. Photo: YouTube

Five elite athletes who thrive on a plant-based diet – in soccer, tennis, ice hockey, bodybuilding and mixed martial arts

The Boston Bruins’ 116kg defender Zdeno Chara doesn’t look like he’s plant-powered; nor does a former Mr Universe, or MMA fighter Nate Diaz, who defeated Conor McGregor

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Former Mr Universe Barny du Plessis is among the elite athletes who have turned vegan. Photo: YouTube
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. His work has been published in The Guardian, Reader's Digest, The Globe & Mail, Business Insider, MSN and his commentary has appeared on the BBC and the CBC.