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Vegan Babies & Children

Vegan Babies & Children

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A dietary guide, including pre-conception and pregnancy

Thanks to the Vegan Society for this invaluable guide

Help the Vegan Society spread the word about the positive, compassionate vegan diet. Make a donation today at http://www.vegansociety.com
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A dietary guide, including pre-conception and pregnancy

Thanks to the Vegan Society for this invaluable guide

Help the Vegan Society spread the word about the positive, compassionate vegan diet. Make a donation today at http://www.vegansociety.com
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VEGAN BABIES & CHILDREN
A dietary guide, including pre-conception and pregnancy
Compiled by:The Vegan SocietyDonald Watson House21 Hylton StreetHockleyBirminghamB18 6HJTel: 0121 523 1730Fax: 0121 523 1749info@vegansociety.comwww.vegansociety.com 
 
FOREWORDThe Vegan Diet - Healthy For All Ages
"In my role as a practising State Registered Dietitian, I wholeheartedlyrecommend a vegan diet for all ages including babies and children. This bookletshows that a vegan diet can be a good healthy option for everyone wishing toavoid animal suffering, for the dairy intolerant, or for those that simply want toprovide the correct healthy diet for their family."Sandra HoodState Registered DietitianVegan for 32 years
INTRODUCTIONA Healthy Diet For Life
Well-planned plant-based diets can support healthy lifestyles at every age, frompre-parenthood, through pregnancy and breast-feeding, childhood andadulthood, and on into later years.
The Importance of Good Nutrition
Your diet during pregnancy and that of your infant during the first year of life canaffect your childs health 40, 50 or even 60 years later. It is therefore of utmostimportance that during pregnancy you and your baby are provided with goodnutrition. During pregnancy you will require extra nutrition to support your growing foetus and to allow for changes in your body.
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Research Gives Veganism The Thumbs Up!
Several studies have examined the nutrient intakes of vegan children. One studyof British school-age children published in the
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
in 1992 found that vegan children had higher intakes of fibre, and thatintakes of all vitamins and minerals studied (with the exception of calcium) werecomparable with those of meat-eating children. Vegan pre-schoolers in the USwere found to have generous intakes of protein, vitamins and minerals, and their diets exceeded recommended intakes for all nutrients studied with the exceptionof calcium. Finally, vegan children have been shown to have lower intakes of fat,saturated fat and cholesterol than non-vegetarian children.The study showing lower calcium intakes by vegan pre-schoolers was conductedbefore calcium-fortified products were readily available, so calcium intakes of vegan children may be higher now. Calcium is important for bone development.Around 45% of adult bone mass is accrued before 8 years of age, another 45%is added between 8-16 years of age, and a further 10% accumulates in the nextdecade. Given the importance of calcium intake during childhood, all parentsshould ensure that their children’s diets contain calcium-rich foods and meetcurrent recommendations for calcium for their age group.Reports in the medical press of vegan infants suffering protein and energydeficiencies are extremely rare. In some instances infants were weaned ontopoorly planned fruitarian or macrobiotic regimes rather than vegan diets. In other cases parents had not adopted veganism but instead had eliminated foods fromtheir infants' diets on a piecemeal basis and without seeking proper advice.It is believed that the foundations for many chronic diseases of adulthood havetheir beginnings in childhood. For instance, processes initiating atherosclerosisand high blood pressure are thought to start very early in life, and blood pressureand cholesterol levels have been shown to track from early childhood and to berelated to childhood nutrient intakes. Body mass also tracks from earlychildhood, with obese children being at an increased risk of obesity in adulthood.Vegan diets may introduce children to a greater variety of whole plant foods,thus establishing healthful lifelong eating habits.
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