Vegan Baby

In recent time, vegetarianism is becoming popular. This is attributed to the increase in health challenges of the world. A lot of people have more reason to go vegetarian. So, it is a rising trend in the world now.

A good number of studies have shown that vegetarians live longer than non-vegetarians. This is basically due to the fact that they consume less of harmful substances like cholesterol, saturated fat and animal protein. They consume a lot of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. Meat eating on the other hand, is associated with high risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and overweight, kidney diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, gallstone, gout and cancers.

The advantages of vegetarianism notwithstanding, a lot of questions have been posed on whether it is possible to raise a healthy baby the vegan way (no dairy products, no eggs) since they need a lot of nutrient for growth and development. The answer is yes. No matter the age of a child, children can practice vegetarianism comfortably. A well balanced vegetarian diet will support healthy growth and development in children. It can provide all the nutrients needed for children at different stages of growth. The key to a healthy vegan diet is to eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grains, legumes and nuts. A well planned vegan diet will provide the child with all the nutrients heeded for good health. To achieve this, special attention should be paid to some important nutrients e.g.

  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B12
  • Omega – 3 fatty acid.

This baby was exclusively on breast milk for six months before an introduction of cereals, nuts, fruits and vegetables started gradually until she was wined at one. Now she depends on adult food variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and cereals. She is 2 years now, strong, happy and healthy. Vegetarianism remains the best choice even for your baby!