More and more people are going vegan these days. But is it healthy for kids?
Vegans don’t eat meat or any products that come from animals.
They substitute plants, fruits, veggies and more for nutrition.
Registered Dietitian at CHI St. Alexius Health, Kathy Stewart says the diets can be healthy for kids if it is managed right.
Kids must have protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and calcium.
But if it is not monitored carefully, there can be risks for nutritional deficiencies.
Vegan diets tend to be less energy dense. So adding healthy oils, nuts and seeds will supply calories for fatty acids needed for brain development.
“Some grains like quinoa is a little higher in protein than your rice or your wheat type grains. Also, there is pasta’s that are made from lentils or chickpeas that are high in protein. Also, hummus is a good snack for kids. It’s made from chickpeas that have a high protein content,” said Stewart.
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