Parents will always be the ones responsible for their children’s. They must be the one to make sure that they are eating nutritious foods to help them grow strong, make sure that they are getting enough sleep, and to make sure that they are well-taken care or mentally and emotionally as well. Then again, veganism is definitely in trend, and there are some parents who are also turning their children into vegans. Experts seem to be deeply concerned, continue reading to find out more.
Before we get into turning children into vegans, let us first get to know what exactly is like being vegan.
WHAT IS VEGANISM?
Most people don’t really know what vegan lifestyle is like. They think that the main reason why vegans choose this type of diet only because they care about animals and refuse to eat anything that came from an animal as well as use or wear anything that has to do with animals in general such as clothing and furniture. There are actually different types of vegans out there and there are some who even considered themselves as a hardcore vegan.
BEING VEGAN AND PREGNANT
Medical experts say that living a vegan lifestyle is definitely not bad, in fact, it has a lot of benefits. Then again, being vegan while carrying a baby for nine months is a whole different story. There is, of course, a difference between a baby and a growing child. A baby who is still inside the womb shares all the nutrients the expecting mother gets from what she eats, whereas a child has a bit of control on how much or what he or she eats.
Like mentioned above there is absolutely nothing wrong with being vegan, especially for good reasons. However, it is only good if it would only affect you and yourself alone. Being a pregnant woman is a whole different story.
According to the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologist, it is perfectly okay for a vegan to stay vegan while pregnant. However, she must have a go signal of her doctor to ensure that the baby growing inside her will receive all the nutrients and vitamins it needs. Dr. Dawn Jawson Blatner of the American Dietetic Association, “You can have a healthy pregnancy on such a diet, you just have to do it right.”
Then again, these experts also provide caution. Pregnancy is a stage where a woman would need all the vitamins and minerals she could get, that is why doctors require prenatal vitamins. Being a vegan while being pregnant could lead to the baby not being able to get what it needs. Such as protein that can be found in meat, iron, vitamin b12, omega-3 fatty acids and more. That is why it is very important to have a talk with your trusted obstetrician when it comes to your vegan diet to ensure that the baby grows inside the womb will stay healthy.
Being a vegan as a parent may be a little more difficult, especially if you are dwelling whether you would need to feed your children plant-based food and basically, everything that is vegan-friendly, or to raise them as meat and plant eaters just like almost everybody else.
The Vegan Society released a statement regarding this matter. They strongly disagree with raising your children as vegans without the supervision of a dietitian or a nutritionist. There are different ways to teach children when it comes to how to treat animals as well as the environment, without having to sacrifice their health. Almost every diet is dangerous especially if there are children involved. That is why all parents, vegan or not, must make sure to get their children checked every once in a while to make sure that they are growing healthy.
“Good nutrition is essential for giving kids a great start, and well-planned vegan diets can meet the needs of every family member as well as support normal growth and development,” Th Vegan Society’s dietitian, Dr. Heather Russell explained.
Going vegan is definitely a choice, then again, there are actually some parents who do not really give their children choices when it comes to whatever it is they want to eat. In fact, it seems like some vegan parents make their children consume vegan-friendly foods. According to experts, it is not really the best idea for parents to force their children to go vegan simply because they are still growing and would need all the vitamins and nutrients they could get, especially rich protein that they could get best from meat products.