Why All Parents Should Feed Their Kids a Vegan Diet

vegan diet for children

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT OR SO THE SAYING GOES. 

An array of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes is a super boost of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbohydrates amino acids, and everything in between to help your body succeed. No one seems to dispute that, but what about meat, dairy, and eggs?

What about children with their differing diet needs than adults? Don’t they need milk for strong bones and teeth?  What about protein for their growing bodies? If the other parents are frying bacon and eggs for breakfast, packing meat sandwiches for school lunch, and ordering out pizzas for dinner, how is my child ever going to survive?

Eating habits are set early in life.  Do we want to set the stage for our children to grow up eating cancer inducing meats, inflammation causing dairy, and cholesterol loaded eggs from sentient beings who don’t want to be included on our plates?  Or do we want our children to grow up with compassion for others, consuming a vegan diet which includes a rainbow of plants, beans, and grains?

The answer is simple: A vegan diet is the only way to live, thrive, and reduce our negative impact on Earth. 

You see too many children in all age ranges that are obese.  You see too many children on antidepressants, miserable with multiple allergies, and diagnosed with all sorts of ailments.   Is veganism for your family a cure-all?  Of course not, but veganism creates many health opportunities for people of all ages. 

Raising healthy children is challenging, but teaching them early about nutrition and including them in food preparation is the key to lifelong habits.  Introducing a variety of foods encompassing fruits and vegetables at a young age is a positive step for their future. 

But aren’t they missing out on the health benefits of consuming animal products? By introducing them from the start to veganism, they won’t crave cheeseburgers, bacon, and pizza.   They WILL be missing nitrates, antibiotics, growth hormones, and the horror of animal agriculture. 

Maybe you’re worried about your kids fitting in. What about school, birthday celebrations, and their peers?  Isn’t being a teenager hard enough?

The meat, dairy, and egg industries have spent a fortune on false advertisements since forever. 

“Beef, It’s What's For Dinner!” 

“The Incredible Edible Egg!”

“Milk Does a Body Good!”

These were all hugely successful financial campaigns for the industry.  Remember all the celebrity milk mustaches?

Animal agriculture lobbyists have bought Congress hook, line, and sinker.  That’s the reason behind that Food Pyramids and the more recent My Plate food diagram from the government politely pushing their agenda on what people should eat and what they shouldn’t eat.  It has to be ok if the government tells you it is, right?

Not exactly.

Old school thinking is slowly but surely eroding away. 

More people are turning to plant-based meals for a multitude of reasons.  Health, compassion, and our environment are just a few.

Meatless Mondays are popular.   Schools all over the world are either adopting vegan meals or at least offering more vegan choices for their students. 

Vegan bakeries are popping up everywhere producing amazing cakes, cookies, and all sorts of sweets for every occasion.  At the rate veganism is growing, vegan options are too. 

As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated in 2016, “ Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and athletics. 

As you can see, veganism is a win-win for everyone, especially children, as it will lead to a “forever”  lifestyle encouraging future generations of healthy and physically wealthy people! 

Monica Hewitt
Vegr Contributor
www.veganbitchcancook.com


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