Is It Healthy? The Strangest Eating Quirks Of NFL Players

Since food is energy, athletes have to pay special attention to their diets. Many fans believe that pro football players gain muscle by indulging in high protein and carbs. While this is true for some people, not all NFL players follow this regimen.

Some NFL players are all-organic, gluten-free, and casein-free. Others have long lists of foods that they avoid, and one eats nothing but McDonald’s and Redbull. You might be surprised by these athlete’s diets. Read on for the strangest eating quirks of NFL players and how healthy their habits really are.

Dwight Freeney Only Drinks Grapefruit And Water

Dwight Freeney was a defensive end for 16 seasons and won the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears. During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Freeney said that he only drinks grapefruit juice and water. Occasionally, he will have tea as a treat. He will even bring ingredients to a restaurant and ask the chef to cook with them.

Dwight Freeney grins while speaking to the press during the Super Bowl XLIV.
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Freeney said that he is sensitive to weight gain, joking that if he eats a spring of parsley, he can “gain two pounds!” Grapefruit juice is a good choice; research from Vanderbilt University discovered that the juice helps people lose weight.