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Plant-Based Lifestyle for Children

Plant-Based Lifestyle for Children

Are you raising your child to live a Plant-Based Lifestyle? If so, you’ll be happy to know that plant-based diets can satisfy a child’s nutritional needs and even provide some essential health benefits.

However, you may have to do some planning to make it work.

On the upside, cutting back on meat may lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Plant-based eating has also become more accessible in recent years. You can find tofu and similar products in just about any supermarket.

Still, there are nutritional and social challenges for parents to keep in mind. Try these suggestions for making your child’s plant-

How Plant-Based Diets Affect Your Child's Health:

There are many ways to cut back on animal products. If your child eats eggs, dairy items, and even some meat, you may not need to do anything special. On the other hand, more restrictive vegetarian and vegan diets may require adjustments to ensure healthy growth and development. Always discuss your child’s diet with your pediatrician. Working closely with doctors and dieticians will help you make healthy choices.

Keep these tips in mind:

Rely on Breastfeeding

Pediatricians recommend breast milk only for the first six months of life for any infant, when possible. If you must use formula, commercial soy formulas are usually recommended.

Add iron

This mineral is the most common deficiency in plant-based diets, and it’s essential for brain development. Iron rich foods like legumes, green leafy vegetables and iron fortified cereals, paired with vitamin C rich foods to help with iron absorption.You’ll also need to be sure your child is eating enough Vitamin B12 and D, calcium, zinc, and protein.

Introduce Solid Foods.

Most babies are ready to try solid foods starting at about six months. That may include dairy items, as well as mashed beans, tofu, and vegetables. Avoid giving plant milk to children during their first year.

Monitor fiber

While most Americans need more fiber, some vegetarian kids have the opposite concern. To keep small stomachs from filling up too soon, you may need to peel fruits and vegetables and add more oil and other low fiber foods.