Raising your child on a vegan diet without doing all the
research can be harmful. Often, children will lack the proper amount of protein
they require to grow and don’t always receive the same amount of amino acids that
a child who was eating chicken would receive. According to Moorhead, author of
the article “Is Veganism Safe For Kids,” explains that one of the big issues
with a vegan diet for children is that it usually isn’t very energy-dense. In
other words, you are required to eat a lot more than usual, which can be
difficult with children. Typically children don’t eat a lot, which makes it
hard for them to ensure that they are getting enough calories.
problem with a vegan diet or restrictive diet with children is that in many
cases parents receive misleading information found on the Internet. In
addition, these parents are not always as well informed to guarantee their
child is eating properly in a vegan or vegetarian diets. It is not unusual for
children who have a vegan diet to have vitamin D, calcium, iron, and sometimes
vitamin B12 deficiencies. When the child is not receiving an adequate enough
amount of calories and proteins in their diets the first symptoms to show are
that they fail to flourish and sometimes grow properly.
it is important to remember that children can’t always have the same meals that
adult vegetarians consume. Adult vegetarians tend be high in fiber and too much
fiber can fill up a child’s small stomach before they get enough calories. All
in all a vegetarian or vegan diet can be accomplished without harming your
child’s health, however, it is important to make certain the meals are catered
to children and not adults.
Moorhead, Joanna. "Is Veganism Safe for
Kids?" The Guardian.
Guardian News and Media, 19 Apr. 2010. Web. 18 Mar. 2012.