PETA Asia’s Vice President Of International Campaigns Opts For A Vegan Diet For His Son

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I'm not going to say that vegan foods are the sole reason for his upbeat, energetic personality, they certainly haven't hurt.

At around 5 months, like other kids, my son started eating fruits, vegetables, and wholegrain cereals. As he got older, he also had dhal and puréed beans and vegetables. When his teeth began to show, he started eating rice, chapattis, oatmeal, and fruit. He also began to drink juice diluted with water as well as water left over from cooking lentils. It doesn't sound appetising, but he liked it, and it gave him extra iron.

I've been vegan for decades and have read a lot about the health benefits of plant-based foods. I feel like I'm more knowledgeable about nutrition than many people. That gives me an advantage when it comes to choosing foods for my son.

For example, many parents – and, as I learned in the hospital, even a few doctors – don't know about milk allergies in babies (and adults). Duped by the dairy industry's misleading marketing campaigns, parents continue feeding cow's milk to kids.

Even when they're suffering from colic, recurrent ear infections, sinus infections, and other health problems linked to dairy milk. Non-dairy sources of calcium include dark-green leafy vegetables (such as collards and kale), almonds, sesame seeds, tahini and calcium-fortified soy or rice milk.

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