25 May '12, 5pm

Is it safe for kids to be vegan?

Is it safe for kids to be vegan?

Photo: BestPhotoStudio /Shutterstock A controversial new children’s book, “Vegan is Love,” has put author Ruby Roth on the defensive , publicly debating psychologists and parents about the morality of a vegan lifestyle for children. But for most parents, a better question to ask might be, is it safe for my kids to be vegan? According to the Vegetarian Resource Group ’s website, a 2010 poll estimated that 7 percent of 8- to 18-year-olds in the U.S. never eat meat; 3 percent of this age group was classified as strict vegetarians and 2 percent vegan. The VRG estimates that there are about 1.4 million 8- to 18-year-old vegetarians. Whether the decision to go vegan is a result of parental influence or solely the child’s beliefs, young vegans may be at risk of deficiencies in the following nutrients: vitamin B12 protein iron calcium omega-3 fatty acids When asked if a vegan diet...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/is-it-safe...

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