Childhood Veganism: Health vs. Illness

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Childhood Veganism: Health vs. Illness Young children, vegetarian or not, need time and attention to grow up healthy and strong. A considerable amount of that time is spent making sure they obtain all the vital nutrients they need to progress. It is important to carefully plan your child’s diet from the years of infancy to youth because this is when growth rate is the highest, eating habits are set, and they are in desperate need of essential nutrients such as vitamins B-12 and calcium. Good parents have always worried about the health and development of their children and good vegan parents are no different. But according to Marilyn Sterling R.D. some vegan children may not be getting the vital nutrients they need to prosper. Many native vegetarian cuisines, such as those in India, gives us evidence that humans are naturally omnivorous and need meat to survive, reproduce and grow. Even though “traditional vegetarian diets, in places like India, regularly include dairy and eggs for complete healthy diet with protein, essential fats and vitamins” (Planck), that does not attest to the fact that an animal-free diet is unsafe, or even a bad idea for adults and older children. Indeed, “vegan can work for [older] children…, says Katherine Tallmadge R.D, It's doable, but parents need to be very knowledgeable and meticulous, since a child's nutritional needs are so intense”(Haupt). In their first few years, children need protein, good fats and vitamins, to properly develop; many of these needs are missing from a vegan diet. This can lead to symptoms of dizziness, rickets, fatigue, anemia, poor concentration, and problems learning and remembering. If done correctly a vegan diet can be a very healthy choice for ages 4 and over. The key is to replace miss nutrients with the right food and/or supplements. For iron, incorporate beans and dark green leafy vegetables, for

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