These guys have got almost ALL of it wrong, pointing to very outdated information and using unrelated evidence to convince people that children cannot be vegan.
Meatless is Murder, Brisbane News, Page 26, August 20-26 2008 (this link may become outdated as it points to the ‘current’ issue)
Apparently the vegetarian diet is extremely difficult to maintain, moreso for children, and the major reason it is popular is because it is hyped up by celebrities.
“It is common scientific and medical knowledge that vegan diets do not provide all of the essential amino acids, protein and minerals required for growth and development”.
Actually, vegan diets provide everything except B12, which can easily be synthesised or found in a more earth organic diet. Everything else is adequately provided including all the amino acids proteins and minerals. In short- this is BULLSHIT.
Should we listen to journalists with no obligation to provide something other than a sensational story, often to make them feel better about their own lifestyle? Not in this case.
We should refer to medical professionals. Check this out.
This document provided by the ADA (American Dietic Association) on Vegetarian diets provides complete answers: Position of the American Dietic Association and Dieticians of Canada: Vegetarian Diets.
From the paper:
PCRM, or Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine shed even more light on the issue in Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start.
From their article:
Vegetarian diets provide excellent nutrition for all stages of childhood, from birth through adolescence. Of course, an infant’s nutritional needs are best met by his or her mother’s breast milk. It’s nature’s way of boosting the baby’s immunity as well as his or her psychological well-being.
Doctors recommend introducing solid foods in the middle of the first year of life. The best weaning foods are soft plant foods such as ground, cooked cereals, mashed fruits, and well-cooked vegetables. Given a chance, toddlers and young children usually enjoy a wide variety fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes—even more so if they are involved in the preparation. School-aged children are often curious about where their food comes from and delight in learning how to cook, visiting farmers’ markets, and gardening. Adolescents raised on a vegetarian diet often find they have an easy time maintaining a healthy weight and have fewer problems with acne, allergies, and gastrointestinal problems than their meat-eating peers.