We bet as a vegan parent you have encountered scepticism that a vegan diet can be healthy for children, and if you are considering raising your children vegan you no doubt want to know that it is healthy for them…these are the pages that provide evidence that a vegan diet is healthy for children! (or at least they will be when we get around to putting it all up!)
These links will take you to some great info on nutrition for vegan children:
Firstly, be assured that the vegan diet is healthy for all stages of life. The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals, the association states 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.” NOTE: The ADA uses the term vegetarian to refer to people choosing a lacto-ovo-, lacto-, or vegan vegetarian diet.
Whilst it is important to ensure you properly plan your child’s diet, please do not think that this is a requirement only vegan parents need to be concerned with! ALL children’s diets need to be planned! It is just as easy for a meat eating child to have an unbalanced diet if the parents are not educated on proper nutrition (We actually get a little annoyed that everyone says we need to plan so much… no one ever questions the parents feeding their kids on chicken nuggets!) So don’t ever think it is too hard to ensure a vegan child gets a nutritionally complete diet, it just requires the same consideration as any responsible parent.