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|Putting children on strict vegan diets is "unethical" and could harm their development, a US scientist has argued.
Lindsay Allen, of the US Agricultural Research Service, attacked parents who insisted their children lived by the maxim "meat is murder".
Animal source foods have some nutrients not found anywhere else, she told a Washington science conference.
|The British Dietetic Association said the study looked at impoverished, rural children with a poor background diet low in essential nutrients such as zinc, B12 and iron, and its findings were not applicable to vegan children in the developed world.|
|The 544 children studied had been raised on diets chiefly consisting of starchy, low-nutrition corn and bean staples lacking these micronutrients.|
|the study was conducted in a poor African community|
|veganism is a lifestyle not jus a diet... (No leather, fur, gelatin etc)|
Originally Posted by mama ganoush
for my dd, with her current eating patterns, i don't think a vegan diet would be best for her. She won't eat any veggies besides corn, won't even try them, despite her mommy's begging. she's not really fond of soy stuff either, and i have concerns about too much soy in her diet anyway. so since she would never sit down and eat a bowl of rice and beans, or a big plate of greens, I am glad that she drinks milk and eats yogurt and cheese and eats meat. I have a feeling she will be at least vegetarian at some point, i was for years, but i hope that at that point she will be more open to eating veggies.
Originally Posted by seven_lux
I did. And I'm only a vegetarian. My ex-exclusively bf dd developed or was born with a very severe B12 deficiency, which during the 7 weeks we spent in hospital at 11.5mo was put down to my diet
B12 is only found in animal sources (except mushroom, but only if they are dirty - from animal sources), and while I did consume some dairy & eggs, clearly it was not enough.
I did supplement intermittantly, never very good at remembering daily. I honestly had no idea how vital it was for us.
We are still researching the problem we've had with the B12 deficiency, it's very confusing for us. One source will say it's my fault, and other sources say it was not...
How do vegans ensure their kids recieve enough B12? (I've not known any actually with children).
Julie, mom to my beautiful twin girls
|This is funded by the American Cattlemens association. need I say more.|
Originally Posted by Jokerama
Ive read that b12 is found in soil and we dont get it from veggies because we wash them. I get my b12 from nutritional yeast.
|From Alex Hershaft, PhD, President of FARM:
For the last few months, I was feeling sluggish, had to lie down a couple of times a day, found it difficult to work evenings and to exercise for long periods. Under Michael Klaper, MD's guidance, I was taking protein powder, creatine, testosterone, nystatin, etc., all to no avail. I was taking nutritional yeast every day, so I knew it wasn't B12 deficiency.
Then, one day, I came across your B12 article [Vitamin B12: Are you Getting It?] by sheer accident. I wasn't going to read the whole thing, but I glanced through it and was struck by your insistence that none of the usual sources are adequate. I still didn't believe it, but I had some old B12 pills in the fridge, so I popped one.
The effect was almost immediate and remarkable. I have been taking them almost every day, my stamina and energy level are up, and I feel middle-aged again instead of a tired old man.
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