Raising Vegan Children
Article by Vegan SA
Raising vegan children can create quite a stir in non-vegan communities – most doctors and nurses will discourage it and other parents may believe that you are damaging your child’s health and growth by not allowing them to consume animal products.
However, it is only natural that young children do not eat meat, and these concerns are misguided as long as you ensure that your child gets all the nutrition they require during the important development years.
Having a sound knowledge of the vitamins and minerals required for a vegan diet shows others that you are not putting your child at risk and may even show friends and family that a vegan diet is not such a bad idea. It is of course imperative that you are aware of your child’s needs as a vegan, study vegan nutritional information for children, including required vitamins and minerals, and get reputable advice wherever possible, to ensure your child is at his or her optimal health.
Below are some book titles and websites with vast amounts of information about veganism and children, with tips and useful advice:
“Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet” – Authors: Michael Klapper, M.D.
“Raising Vegan Children in a Non-vegan World: a Complete Guide for Parents” – Authors: Erin Pavlina
“Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet” – Authors: Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina
Dr. Michael Klapper, an American general practitioner and physician, has published 2 books on the benefits of a vegan diet in children and adults after noticing drastic improvements with patients who he had prescribed a vegan diet to. Dr. Klapper states that dairy is responsible for chronic runny noses, ear and bronchial infections, inflammations of the joints, skin and bowels, eczema, ear and bronchial infections.
“The bovine leukaemia virus infects up to 20% of all milk cows and it is not destroyed in the pasteurisation process … The highest rates of leukaemia are found in children ages 3 through 13, who consume the most milk and dairy products” – Michael Klapper, M.D.: Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet.
There has been a vast amount of research done on adequate vegan nutrition and its benefit for both adults and children that it is perfectly viable to want your children to have the same benefits.
Just as an adult vegan survives day to day, often with more vigour than that of a meat eater, so can a child. With proper nutrition, vegan children benefit from a diet free of animal products as adolescents and well into their old age.