Vegan Children

I’m working on a story about whether children can be vegetarian and healthy at the same time.

Please let me know if you have something to say about this topic. Feel free to leave me a comment or email me at richgailenriquez@yahoo.com

Thanks!
RG

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2 Responses

  1. Well, the ADA thinks they can: http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=1233&terms=vegetarian

    I’m not aware of any recognized medical organization claiming that vegetarian diets are unhealthy for any age.

    While it’s certainly possible for vegetarian kids to have an unhealthy diet (think chips and soda), they are no more likely to than omnivorous kids. If parents raise their children vegetarian, they probably know more about nutrition than the average parent. If a teenager chooses vegetarianism, they may very well just vegetarianize their old crummy diet, say by leaving the pepperoni off their pizza, but I doubt they would be worse off than they were.

    Meat mainly supplies protein and calories, neither of which are in short supply in western diets. They will get all this and B-12 through dairy, which is in practically everything. Maybe iron could be a problem if they don’t eat any veggies. Now I’m just hypothesizing.

  2. I know I’ve already shared this article with you, but just in case, here it is again:

    http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-20179-Manhattan-Vegan-Examiner~y2009m8d26-Can-Children-Be-Vegan-and-Vegetarian

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