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Baby Kept on a Vegan Diet Severely Malnourished

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a61238/baby-malnourished-vegan-diet-parents

You know if the baby wasn’t on a vegan diet then the headline wouldn’t read “Baby Kept on a Omnivore Diet Severely Malnourished.” Reading more into this the parents didn’t breastfed the baby and only gave him/her apple juice. Yes apple juice is vegan but what they were doing was neglecting the child not feeding the child a vegan diet.

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.

This has nothing to do with veganism. At all. But people seem to equate that all children raised vegan end up malnourished. Um no they don’t. Children that eat meat, dairy or eggs can be malnourished too. But the headlines wouldn’t be that meat/dairy/eggs caused a child to be malnourished.

Another thing that people in the comment sections of the article are saying is that vegans push their views onto their children. Non-vegans push their views on their children too. Forcing your child to eat meat is the same as forcing your child to eat vegan. What if the child doesn’t want to eat meat? Shouldn’t you give the child the option to not eat it? Vegan parents merely educate their children on where their food comes from and on ethical principles. The children can choose to eat meat when they get older if they so choose.

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Passionate vegan. Catholic.

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