Healthy vegetarian eating for children
By Ella Walsh |
- Vegetarians living in a non-vegetarian household may not eat as well because they may get little help in planning vegetarian meals.
- Young people who are eating family food minus the meat are at greater risk of health problems than those who get their protein from other sources.
- Those following a vegan diet are at greater risk of health issues due to their very restricted diet, than other types of vegetarianism.
- If your child is following a vegetarian diet, make sure that his daily requirements of protein, calcium, iron and zinc, Vitamin B12 and D are being met, as these are needed at higher quantities due to rapid growth.
- Teach your child on a vegetarian diet how to make informed food choices. Vegetarians need to be well schooled not only in the foods they should avoid, but the foods they should be eating more of. Make sure that your child always has access to healthy snacks.
There are many health benefits to following a well-balanced vegetarian diet, including helping to prevent:
- Coronary artery disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Some types of cancer
- Vegetarians also have lower rates of illness and death from a number of degenerative diseases.