Vegetarian Diet for Children? What’s Up Doc!

Vegetarian Diet for Children? What’s Up Doc!

While a vegetarian diet is among the healthiest ways to eat, certain nutrients can be lacking on a diet that contains no animal products at all. I have been on a vegetarian diet-or to be more exact-a vegan diet for close to 10 years now and although the first 3 were erroneous based on my actions as a result of misinformation, the last 7 or so have been the healthiest of my entire life. You will often here parents who are vegetarians ask the question, what effect will a vegetarian diet have on my child.

You will probably be aware that putting your child on a vegetarian diet can greatly improve his or her health and limit the exposure to animal products that are often linked to hormones and preservatives. If you have not done sufficient research and are not well-prepared for the task of putting your child on a vegetarian diet, then you probably should not. An advantage of starting your child off early on a vegetarian diet is that it helps form good eating habits, as likes and dislikes are formed in these early years.

Those who turn away from this traditional way of eating and choose a vegetarian diet are often considered “granola-head hippies”. But more and more people these days are discovering the many health benefits of a vegetarian diet. I will touch on other items consumed by non-vegetarians and present the reasons why such items shouldn’t be consumed … and why you may want to consider a vegetarian diet for improving and maintaining your physical, mental and spiritual health.

It is safe and healthy for growing children to be vegetarian especially because there is a host of options available today with the parents to supplement their children with the diet that they need. A major benefit of the vegetarian diet is that it tends to involve a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains.


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