Is A Vegetarian Diet Safe For My Child?

Is A Vegetarian Diet Safe For My Child?


If you are vegetarian parent, you have probably
considered putting your child on a vegetarian diet. Not only would it save time and make meal-planning
easier, but for dietary and ethical reasons, you believe it is a better choice for your
child. Conversely, you might not be a vegetarian
yourself, but have a child who is going through a vegetarian “phase,” where she rejects meat,
but doesn’t consume enough healthy foods to compensate for the nutritional gap. Whatever the case is, you may have wondered
whether or not a vegetarian diet is sustainable, healthy choice for your child. You may have heard that putting your child
on a vegetarian diet could potentially stunt her growth. These concerns probably prevented you from
putting your child on a vegetarian diet up to this point. And all of these concerns are legitimate. In fact, if a vegetarian diet is poorly planned,
it can cause serious short and long term health problems, especially for children, who are
growing and developing–and who do not yet have sufficient stores of vitamins. If you aren’t well-prepared to put your
child on a vegetarian diet, you definitely shouldn’t. However, if you have done your nutritional
research and you are familiar with the nutrients vegetarians commonly lack, then you know that
these problems can easily be overcome with some meal planning. You also know that putting your child on a
healthful vegetarian diet can greatly improve her health in both the short and long term. It can also reduce her exposure to animal
products that contain hormones and preservatives, which have been linked to developmental problems
and cancer. If you haven’t researched vegetarian diets
thoroughly, but you are anxious to start your child on one now, you should start by ensuring
that you plan meals to boost amounts of the following nutrients (that most vegetarians
lack): 1. Protein. Make sure your child is consuming enough protein
by adding additional sources, such as wheat,soybeans, isolated soy protein, and nuts. 2. Calcium. Ensure your child is consuming enough calcium
by adding calcium-fortified processed foods and leafy green vegetables to his diet. 3. Iron. Add more iron to your child’s diet by increasing
servings of soybeans, pinto beans, tofu, and cereals. 4. Zinc. Enhance your child’s zinc intake by increasing
his servings of almonds, peanut butter, and mushrooms. If you concentrate on compensating for all
of these common nutritional deficiencies, you absolutely can put your child on a vegetarian
diet without any negative health consequences. Just ignore the mythology surrounding vegetarian
diets and instead focus on research and meal-planning.

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8 Replies to “Is A Vegetarian Diet Safe For My Child?”

  1. Really interesting video, parents need to know exactly the correct vegetarian foods to give to their children to maintain a balanced diet

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