I'm not going to say that vegan foods are the sole reason for his upbeat, energetic personality, they certainly haven't hurt.
Kids (and adults) can get all the protein that they need from peanut butter, whole grains, lentils, beans, and whole soy foods such as tofu and tempeh. Iron-rich choices include leafy greens, dried beans and legumes, and sesame seeds. Unlike meat, eggs, and dairy products, plant-based foods are 100 percent cholesterol-free. Plus, most are naturally low in fat and calories.
Now at age 4, my son is a happy, healthy kid. He loves hummus and almond milk and is always on the go. His teachers and other parents often ask me, "Where does he get all that energy?" And while I'm not going to say that vegan foods are the sole reason for his upbeat, energetic personality, they certainly haven't hurt. He's never sick, sleeps great, and is as smart as can be (no parental bias there at all). He isn't slow or small, as the doctors originally feared. At a recent appointment, the paediatrician said, "I don't know what you're doing, but keep doing it.". I plan to, and I urge other parents to give plant-based foods a try, too. After all, we owe it to our children to give them every possible advantage.
Jason Baker is the vice president of international campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia. To get involved with PETA's work, please visit PETAAsia.com.
- TheAsianParent would like to add that a vegan diet for kids is a lifestyle choice.
- Additionally, TheAsianParent is not advocating this choice of diet or any specific diet for that matter.
- Parents also have the responsibility of doing their own research and checking with their paediatrician first before attempting any form of food intake for their children.
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