Vegetarian Diets & Children

Vegetarian Diets & Children

Vegetarian Diets is a topic I get asked about often. On yesterday’s American Dietetic Association tip of the day, they covered the topic of vegetarian diets with children. This information could also be used for very picky children who refuse to eat “meat.”

“Parents of preschoolers and school-age children often wonder whether a vegetarian diet is appropriate for their youngsters.
Well-planned vegetarian diets — even a vegan diet — can supply all the nutrients that children require for their growth and energy needs.
Parents should pay special attention to children’s calcium and iron intake. If your child doesn’t eat any meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy foods, be sure to find good food sources of protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and zinc.
A registered dietitian can help you develop a healthful vegetarian eating plan that’s right for your entire family.”

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