Many people are scared of veganism. What you don’t know scares you. Many people think that eating vegan or feeding your kids vegan is dangerous and unhealthy. But, if you ask those people what their degree or expertise is, chances are, they won’t say nutrition.
Even conventional organizations like the American Dietetic Association (newly renamed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals) say,
“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.”
If you think that vegans might be more deficient in nutrients than omnivores, think again. While, some vegans might not be getting enough calcium, iodine and b12, studies show that omnivores are usually deficient in calcium, iodine and 5 others!
When the average American is isn’t very healthy, it’s hard to see the sense in criticizing people who eat more vegetables. Vegans who eat a mainly whole foods diet will most certainly be getting more antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, etc than the typical omnivore and lowering their risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease and on and on.
Feeding yourself and your child a well-planned vegan diet is absolutely safe and healthy. It is much more beneficial than our standard American diet as animal products are loaded with cholesterol, saturated fat, hormones, antibiotics, and toxins. Children’s book author, Ruby Roth says it best:
“We really need a reality check in this country about who needs to be careful about the diet that they’re feeding to their children.”