Vegan and Vegetarian Diets for children


Vegan Diets And Kids!

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Transitioning Our Kids to a Healthy Plant Based Vegan Diet What They Ate

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What My FUSSY Vegan Kid Eats In A Day ����

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Vegetarian Diets for kids

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5 Kid-Friendly Vegan Meals

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Vegetarian Diets and Children First With Kids Vermont Children’s Hospital

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Raising A Vegan Child What Every Parent Needs To Know

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It is possible to get this important nutrient without meat or dairy. Nut products, seeds, beans, and 100% whole grains all have protein that fuels. And finally, although vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, children need enough Omega 3 fatty acids for the eye health, brain and nervous system development.

Unfortunately, the plant form of Omega 3, ALA, needs an additional conversion step in order to be used by the body. Vegetarian babies should get the same variety of vegetables, fruits and iron-fortified cereals as other babies. A vegetarian diet should contain a variety of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and enough protein sources to meet your baby’s nutrition needs. A healthy vegetarian diet should include: What if my child follows a vegan diet?

Vegan diets are increasingly popular. We asked the experts about the health (and other) benefits of raising vegan kids, what nutrients you may need. Protein – soya, tofu, beans, lentils. Vitamin D – non-dairy spreads but hard to find. A supplement is advised.

Make sure you offer a good range of fruit and vegetables, as some help vitamins and minerals be better absorbed – for example, oranges and their vitamin C can help the body absorb more iron. Those who follow vegan or vegetarian diets are at risk for deficiencies, including vitamin B12, iron, zinc and calcium. Eating fortified grains can help avoid these deficiencies, Ms. Nowacki says. So can vitamin supplements.

Your pediatrician can advise. Kids need it to build and maintain muscles, organs, and their immune system. Ovo-lacto vegetarians can get protein from eggs and dairy products.

But you can also get some protein from plant. A vegetarian diet should include a diverse mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats and proteins. To replace the protein provided by meat in your diet, include a variety of protein-rich.

The article concluded that while a vegan diet can be safe for children, those children should be closely monitored for appropriate nutrition, growt. Protein is a key nutrient for growth and development and is essential in every child’s diet. There are plenty of protein-rich foods suitable for a vegan diet, and these include a variety of pulses, beans and lentils which will ensure a good mix of amino acids.

List of related literature:

Well-planned lactovegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and vegan diets can satisfy the nutrient needs of children.35 Vegetarian children have lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, and fiber.

“Nutrition” by Paul M. Insel, Don Ross, Kimberley McMahon, Melissa Bernstein
from Nutrition
by Paul M. Insel, Don Ross, et. al.
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

For children, the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is nutritionally adequate; however, the vegan diet requires supplementation with vitamins D and B12 for children 2 to 12 years of age.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Mary Catherine Cashion, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Well-planned lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and vegan diets satisfy the nutrient needs of children.27 Vegetarian children have lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, and fiber.

“Discovering Nutrition” by Paul M. Insel
from Discovering Nutrition
by Paul M. Insel
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013

For children the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is nutritionally adequate; however, the vegan diet requires supplementation with vitamins D and B12 for children ages 2 to 12 years.

“Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children E-Book” by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson
from Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children E-Book
by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Nutritionists agree that children can thrive on vegetarian and vegan diets.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Gallery Books, 2004

Nonvegan parents do well to support such a position if the youngster is willing to eat a nutritionally adequate vegan diet.

“Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Base Nutrition, Comprehensive Edition” by Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina
from Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Base Nutrition, Comprehensive Edition
by Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina
Book Publishing Company, 2014

Vegetarianism in Childhood Well-planned lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and vegan diets satisfy the nutrient needs of children.”‘

“Discovering Nutrition” by Paul M. Insel, R. Elaine Turner, Don Ross
from Discovering Nutrition
by Paul M. Insel, R. Elaine Turner, Don Ross
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

Children can be perfectly healthy on a vegetarian diet.

“Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School” by Jill Castle, Maryann Jacobsen
from Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School
by Jill Castle, Maryann Jacobsen
Wiley, 2013

For vegan children a reliable source diets.

“Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process, Mea Edition E-Book” by L. Kathleen Mahan, Janice L. Raymond
from Krause’s Food & the Nutrition Care Process, Mea Edition E-Book
by L. Kathleen Mahan, Janice L. Raymond
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

But there are still many nutritionists and physicians who are doubtful whether a child over the age of two years on a vegetarian diet (without meats, chicken, cheese, eggs, and particularly milk, which is in a special category that I’ll discuss next) can get enough calories, calcium, and high quality protein to thrive.

“Dr. Spock's The First Two Years: The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age 2” by Benjamin Spock, Martin T. Stein
from Dr. Spock’s The First Two Years: The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age 2
by Benjamin Spock, Martin T. Stein
Pocket Books, 2002

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  • Physicians Committee is not a legit org.   Another child has just died on their vegan diet.The Florida parents point to Physicians Committee as their justification for feeding their children a malnutrition diet.

  • This kid will be unhealthy, I guarantee it.Most cannot absorb the vitamins and minerals they need from plants.This mom is destroying this kid, what a shame.You need meat.Show me one society that has thrived on a vegan diet.

  • same here with constipation. For 30 yrs I was chronicly constipated, pooped only 5-7 days. After excluding meat and dairy from food I started to poop every 1-2 days!:) happy happy now

  • I am currently pregnant and plan on raising my child vegan. When they’re of an understanding age I plan on explaining the ethical reasoning behind why our family is vegan. I think I’ll have more of a parenting style like hers where I cannot police them when they’re not with me but educate them so well that they can make the decision on their own. This is so important for our future generations.

  • What’s with all the child abuse, vegan vs. meat-eater comments here? This video just showed recipes of plant-based products, nothing about which is healthier and which is ethical

  • I am not listening to your anti-cheese propaganda. Cheese is a very healthy food. Cheese gives excellent nutrition to kids and adults.

  • We’re Raising my daughter whole food plant based, but our problem is she is a very picky eater! Some days she’ll like one thing, others she’ll hate it and fuss. I feel like we’re starving her because she won’t hardly eat what we put on her plate, and idk how to get her craving these types of foods.

  • I’m very fortunate, my husband went vegans for the animals right along with me and its no question that we are going to raise our daughter to be vegan as well. We feel very equipped with knowledge on all the different topics, and I’m ready to answer the barrage of questions from other parents. Bring it on!

  • Yes! Thank you for covering this important topic and providing us parents with a new resource!
    I’d also love to learn more about vegan pregnancy. Specifically, I’m concerned about calcium intake. It’s hard to find a vegan prenatal with calcium. I’ve basically given up, and am hoping that I get enough calcium in my diet eating oatmeal, seeds, beans and greens daily along with berries and a variety of other whole foods. I do eat soybeans, tofu and soy milk, but it’s all organic and not fortified. I eat organic as much as possible, and very little (if any) organic products are fortified.

  • Why do you force your children to eat the same fucking diet as you?What if he doesn’t want to?It isnt only about vegans its about all ideoligies

  • The only time I would become a vegan is if I was incarcerated and they only served vegan food in the prison and I had no one from the outside to bring me meat and eggs. Vegetables, nuts and fruit are healthy and we should all eat them, but humans are omnivores and are meant to have plants and animal foods, I would never raise a child vegan. My son was dating a vegan girl and he ended the relationship because she wanted to raise the children vegan.

  • I just read that Peta is killing animals! Please google it for yourself and raise awareness!

  • Bruh wtf. I bet the teachers are obese people that are addicted to processed foods and animal products. Srsly telling a kid that eating 3 small pieces of fruit for lunch is too much? Wow.

  • This raises some good points regarding social events and peer pressure. I am hoping that with changing laws, new products and a higher public profile, people will understand more how to be more inclusive.

  • Is there a way to see if the state has nutritionists or doctors? For example I called earlier in Colorado looking for a plant-based doctor but only had found nutritionists.

  • oh my goodness…they should be sending those letters to anyone who puts chocolate cake or a pudding snack in their kids lunch bag….. disgusting and completely devoid of nutrients….there are parents who feed their kids like that on the daily…..parents who feed their kids incorrectly should be put in jail…its a form of child abuse

  • It’s so heartwarming to see such a good relationship between you two, also it’s great that his diet is so varied and healthy, I see so many vegans feeding their kids barely anything calorie-wise while it’s clear that Aslan is getting plenty!

  • How often do vegan children require B12 injections? I would have hated these! How do they deal with taking all the other supplements? Like Vitamin A, D, K2? Which local, seasonal & vegan foods do vegan children eat in Alaska? And are Vegans really not killing Mosquitos and love their spider roommates?

  • I wish this would have spoken more about the nutrition of the diet she’s giving her son and what she gives him on a daily, not so much about the peer or social pressure. Still good advice.

  • A plant-based diet fed to children is nothing but utter child-abuse as it leads to malnutrition and several deficiencies.
    Growing children needs a lot of cholesterol and fat-soluble A, B, and D vitamins for their growing bones and brains that can only be found in and absorbed through animal-products. Especially during their first 2-3 years of life and if severly malnourished and deficient during this crucial time-period, the damage will be irreversible.
    It is one thing if grown adults only want to damage themselves through this diet but please don’t shove your diet down others’ throats, especially not children who have no say in the matter and who might be damaged for life.

  • I had nutella all throughout elementary school, living my best unhealthy life and no one who told me i would become fat later on:)

  • Praise God for the internet well said if we love our kids and want to protect them from all kind of disease or dhd that the way to go I raise My kids on a vegan diet they were the most healthy kids God made us he knows what is best for us if we want to follow the world diet be prepare to pay the price


  • I had Dr Michael Klapper’s wonderful book on vegan pregnancy and raising kids, when my son was born 27 years ago. I discovered though that my mother-in-law had fed my son chicken during a sleep-over with his grandparents. She knew, she ignored. Later on, he went to KFC with school friends and thought it was the best thing out. Now as an adult, he’s back to being fully vegan so I would say it’s a journey. Lots of patience, love, education and guidance is the key.

  • Thinks:Omg why why don’t we have these ingredients mom!

    Next day:hmm let’s go grocery shopping and get these things

    30 min later: come’s out of store empty with the owner

    Owner:thanks for purchasing the store have a nice day

    Mom:where’s my money?

  • Love this!!!!! I’m officially a proud mom with full vegan and raw foods teen whole way through_working with her college now to get a new vegan meal plan certified for colleges!!!!��✨❤️������������������������so glad ppl are waking up!!!!!

  • I was a vegetarian from the age of six in a country where it was very rare to be one. In the school, I and my siblings were the only vegetarians. I didn’t really get teased luckily but my mom packed food for me every day. This was in the 90’s.:) Now I’m mostly on a plant-based diet but I had a few years around my early twenties when I tried to eat meat occasionally. I couldn’t digest it well and didn’t like the texture so it was only a short period.

  • I’m so glad I found your channel. Yum! I am new at this plant based eating and needed some different food combinations. I’m trying to lose weight so all that peanut butter was making me hungry. I’m limiting nuts and nut butters.
    Love your nephew’s name, and her is adorable.

  • As a parent who witnesses my children battling the social pressures of dietary restrictions for medical reasons, I appreciate Gretchen’s honesty and transparency. I am frequently in the cafeteria with my youngest and see that while vegetarianism (there are no vegans) is thankfully no longer associated with a stigma, food allergies (which, coincidentally, prevent my children from a complete plant-based diet) are “unique” and therefore pointed out. Each school, location and year is different so it’s an ongoing challenge for any child who is “different” regardless.

  • I needed to hear this. My biggest issue though is even though my child has never had meat he has lots of food alleRgies. Dairy., eggs, fish and shellfish included. Even with pressure he simply won’t be able to eat those things

  • I know you posted this a while ago but Thank You for posting these videos with your precious nephew! We just started on our whole food plant based lifestyle only 3 weeks ago(better late than never….right?). We are really struggling in the transition with our 9 yr old because everything he has ever known is changing. So for him to see another 9 yr old eating this way really got his attention. He actually paused the video, went and got a plate full of strawberries & blueberries, came back and watched the rest of the video and found another one as well. I hope you will think about doing some more videos with your nephew in the near future…��

  • It’s soooo funny that meat eaters (1) only care about their diet and think any other diet is wrong (2), come up with false information on why veganism is bad for you (3), and get triggered when people make videos like these.

  • Educate the educators and the medical Profession as the priority My doctor informed me that beans were a source of cholesterol and should be avoided!
    Let you know how ignorant some doctors are about diet

  • I think the important thing is to be working towards 100% plant based whether it’s fast or slow. Besides health, there are the animals and the environmental impact so the goal should be vegan. Eating animal products is completely unnecessary.

  • It’s great to be “plant based” but let’s NOT forget all of the animal suffering and planet destruction of that factory farms and over-fishing. Choosing to educate young children that animals are not mere “things” and are creatures that feel happiness and pain goes a LONG WAY in making it EASY to turn down non vegan food.

  • I know im late in the game! This was very interesting.
    I’m vegan, but my husband is totally the opposite!
    So our little one hers a bit of everything.
    But I’m so proud that she loves salads, broccoli, avo and hummus…she’ll eat hummus with her fingers out the jar.
    But kids are weird. Love something one day and the next not touch it with a barge pole ��

  • PCRM, could you make a full nutritional guide for children? If a mother wants to go vegan and know how to feed her child. Could you tell her exactely how to do it? I mean a daily meal plan. Would be very benefitial.

  • I have been eating WFPB for the last year and I feel great. I told my 3 teenagers that I will no longer be cooking meat, dairy, or eggs in my kitchen. They all have jobs and their own money, so I got here a little late. They dont have weight issues yet, but I worry about them because they eat a lot of garbage (cookies and sodas) and heart disease runs in their family of course so does a crappy diet. But, I am trying and they are picky, so wish me luck. How is it going for you?

  • I-I don’tWhat the fuck-
    Okay, this actually pisses me off.
    You do not put growing children on a diet that cuts out multiple food groups unless they have severe allergies. Kids cannot live entirely on fucking plants
    This is not healthy. At all.
    Literally the first thing you learn about nutrition is that children require every goddamn food group to be healthy.
    TL;DR be vegan all you want, but don’t make your kids go vegan unless you have no other option.

  • Your nephew is so adorable. What healthy food he eats:) what, the school is so stupid, other kids are bringing so much garbage to school and no one cares and they are concerned about sugar in fruits……

  • Kids eat what they are taught to eat. They will survive on big mac and cola if you are a pos parent. I don’t hear people calling that child abuse. If veganism is medically dietarily sufficient for my kid and if my little girl has no problems eating it, i’d bloody well raise my kid vegan. Besides, funnily enough, kids are more compassionate than adults. If you explain the compassion reason behind your diet to your kid, they will take to the diet better than you. The goal is to have complete nutrition, not be a livestock murderer.

  • Me and all of my siblings are lactose intolerant and I’m a vegetarian. It’s super hard to find things we can eat because people are so against vegan kids meals. They think it’s “abuse” or something. But what’s actually abuse is the suffering inflicted on animals for food that’s not even healthy.

  • Kicked all dairy products & meat out of my house and my kids stopped getting sick, it’s been 3 seasons now. Gosh! We’ve struggled a lot with colds, flu & fevers��. So, I got really tired and started to research. I’m so glad we went WFPB, their bowel movements are more gentle & regular now and not brutal anymore(Apologies for TMI) They’re more energetic & school performance is impressive. We do plant-based burgers, sausages & pizza from time to time and they love them. The other thing that shocked me, was the fact that they were restless and not attentive at school prior to our new lifestyle and we were told to have them checked for ADHD. When we got there, the Dr. said they had the signs and we had to start treatment once they were old enough. We changed their fuel and all of that nonsense disappeared. I’m sharing this in case it helps another family in need out there. God bless��

  • I love how his comment section is just a war zone veganism is not a form of child abuse seeing people say that is kind of funny because they’re just so freaking ignorant if anything feeding your kids literal trashis worse than feeding them stuff that’s actually good for them and for the environment I’m 15 I’ve been vegan since I was 8 I’m doing pretty good

  • You’re a fucking imbecile who’s feeding your child an experimental diet which is completely contrary to how humans are supposed to eat. You have to take supplements to not get a deficiency. If you don’t understand that that fact alone shows you that this is completely unnatural you are a fucking idiot

  • For all the non vegans here
    Why did u click on this vid
    Huh �� just to say “it’s child abuse” coz it’s not so go away and find something to watch that concerns you

  • The problem is, the government sets our calcium requirements so high, then SCARES us into thinking that we HAVE to consume DAIRY to reach that daily calcium requirement, all while subsidizing the dairy industry. ����

  • I used to be a vegetarian, but my family and I chose to transition to vegan. I’ve lost weight, and I’m glad I did it. There are lots of alternatives for dairy and meat products in the grocery stores we go to as well!