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Is a vegan diet healthy for kids? I became a vegetarian when i was a young teenager. More recently i turned vegan because i was having health problems caused by dairy. Because i became a vegetarian when i was so young, i never learned how to cook meat. I

Is a vegan diet healthy for kids? I became a vegetarian when i was a young teenager. More recently i turned vegan because i was having health problems caused by dairy. Because i became a vegetarian when i was so young, i never learned how to cook meat. I

Whether : Whether to eat meat or dairy is a personal choice. With that said - to have a balanced diet, a vegan needs to have a significant knowledge base. Vegan diets are often low on vitamin b 12, calcium, vitamin d, iron and other nutrients. If these are not obtained through the diet, there needs to be appropriate forms of supplementation. If you plan to raise your children as vegans, i really suggest you thoroughly educate yourself on the matter. It takes much more careful planning for your kids to fill their nutritional requirements if they are vegans. I would also suggest you work with a good nutritionist, to ensure that children's nutritional requirements are met. A possible option could be a primarily vegan diet with some dairy and /or meat supplementation. Raising children on a vegan diet is not child abuse. It can however, be trickier than a vegetarian diet or eating that includes fish and meat. If you are not vegan based on moral issues and your main concern is about cooking separate meals- how about making the same basic meals for the whole family and augmenting the children's meals to ensure that their intake is balanced? ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How does the health of a vegan compare to that of a vegetarian?

How does the health of a vegan compare to that of a vegetarian?

Healthy Diet: I admire you for your concern for Health. Both Vegetarian and Vegan Diets are healthy. Both Diets can include Quinoa, Whole grain bread, Beans, Lentils, Soy Bean preparations like Tofu, Edemame, Soy milk, Almond milk, Rice milk, Brown Rice Nuts, Vegetables, Fruits and Berries. Vegetarian Diet includes Dairy-milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream whereas Vegan Diet does not have dairy. Health is Wealth. ...Read more

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Is vegan healthier than vegetarian diet?

Is vegan healthier than vegetarian diet?

Yes: Vegan is always healthier than vegetarian which is healthier than omnivore (the most common) diets. You don't need any animal or dairy products in your diet after childhood. Just be sure to take B12 supplements because B12 is the only vitamin found only in animal products. As for calcium, eat plenty of leafy greens. Vitamin d - unless you live in the tundra, the sun is best. Protein --> beans. ...Read more

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Do you recommend a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Do you recommend a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Animal Fat & Protein: I encourage families to include animal fat and protein in their diet, as traditional societies around the world. A well-balanced (fat/protein/carbs) nutritionally packed vegan/vegetarian diet is possible, but less probable - especially for children. http://getrealforkids.com/resources/real-food/balanced-meals-snacks/1987-secrets-of-a-balanced-meal#. ...Read more

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I see a lot of doctors on here somewhat discouraging being vegan or vegetarian. What health defects could I have accumulated over the years?

I see a lot of doctors on here somewhat discouraging being vegan or vegetarian. What health defects could I have accumulated over the years?

Vegan diet: since you are 18 years old you could have impeded your growth because of lack of protein provided by meat and eggs. Secondly, you may have become osteopenic becsuse of lack of milk products in your diet. Third, you have also become anemic ...Read more

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Is a vegan diet and better than a vegetarian diet?

Is a vegan diet and better than a vegetarian diet?

NO: I not a fan of either and don't advise either unless there is a religious or other reason to follow such an extreme program. ...Read more

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Can a vegan or vegetarian diet can reverse arteriosclerosis?

Can a vegan or vegetarian diet can reverse arteriosclerosis?

Better options: Despite a great deal written about the supposed health (as opposed to moral) benefits of the vegetarian / vegan diets, the most recent very large study in england showed no difference from meat-eaters in longevity or any category of disease. To reverse / control atherosclerosis, manage risk factors, eat sensibly as you like best, and especially get into serious physical fitness. ...Read more

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Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Possibly: But it may make it worse, depending on the cause. Most bacterial food poisoning and gastroenteritis occurs with animal products. Avoiding "food, inc's" processed livestock products will reduce that. But if you have food sensitivities, they may come from vegetables or grains and cause similar symptoms. For example gluten sensitivity or celiac disease from wheat can cause GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Will a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Will a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

No: Gastroenteritis means an inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines. There are many causes. Self-limited viruses are the most common cause. Other causes include lactose (dairy) intolerance, celiac disease (wheat gluten sensitivity), inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) and others. If it is recurring, it should be further investigated by your doctor. ...Read more

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