Veggie Health for Kids
Every nutrient a child needs and
how to get it.
A guide for parents showing why vegetarian/vegan diets are the healthiest
option for children.
World turned upside
down! / What You Need and Where You
Get It / How Animal Products Affect
Children / How Animal Products Affect
Adults / Conclusions
The types of food that children and adults should be
eating for life-long health are now abundantly clear. There is a wealth
of scientific research - not least the China Health Study. It looked at
the diets and health of people in 65 rural counties in China and was the
largest and most comprehensive survey of diet, disease and death in the
world. Carried out more than 10 years ago, the information it provided
is still being unravelled. But already some things are clear - that the
vegetarian and vegan diets advocated in this guide are exactly what people
should be eating.
Overseer of the project is Professor Colin Campbell - Professor of Nutritional
Biochemistry at Cornell University in the US and long-time senior science
advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer
Research Fund. Results are unambiguous - we are a vegetarian species whose
risk of disease is increased by eating meat and animal products. And it’s
not good enough simply to increase the amount of fruit and veg. you eat.
As Professor Campbell says: “The closer one approaches a total plant
food diet, the greater the health benefit...Animal foods, in general, are
not really helpful and we need to get away from eating them.”
Vibrant, life-long health for children is dependent upon eating all the
essential protective foods and rejecting all the harmful ones. Scientific
evidence shows quite clearly what this means - plant-based not animal-based
foods. And the time to start encouraging your children to adopt meat and
dairy-free eating is now.
Referenced Health Report
A fully referenced and more detailed scientific report on which the
information here is based, entitled Safeguarding Children’s Health:
Defeating Disease Through Vegetarian/Vegan Diets is available from VVF.
It costs £10 per copy (including p&p). Make cheques payable
to VVF. Send your name, address, cheque and quantity required to the
Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation, Top Suite, 8 York Court, Wilder Street,
Bristol BS2 8QH. Or telephone your order on 0117 970 5190.
Vegetarian Diet - So Easy to Follow
This guide argues convincingly that meat and dairy are the worst
foods to feed to children. But how do you go about changing your diet
and excluding them? Never fear, help is at hand. The VVF and Viva! produce
a range of guides designed to help fledging vegetarians along the road
and makes the transition so simple. Nutrition in a Nutshell, The Healthiest
Diet of All, The L-Plate Vegetarian, The L-Plate Vegan and the teenagers
guide to vegetarian recipes - No Sweat Veggie Cooking - and the guide
Martin Shaw Cooks Veggie - all come packed with useful information to
help your family go veggie. Viva! also stocks a huge range of books on
vegetarianism, including dozens of recipe books - from the cheap and
cheerful to the indulgently delicious. VVF also produces a colourful
magazine - veggiehealth - which keeps you up to date on all the latest
scientific studies on veggie diets. Subscription is just £15 for
three issues a year.
The message is clear - minus the meat, exclude the eggs, forget the fish
and dump the dairy. Sup on soya, bang in the beans, lean on lentils, snack
on seeds, cram in the carbs, feast on fruits, veg. out on veggies, nibble
on nuts and graze on grains.
Base your own and your children's diet on foods from plants not food from
animals and give all your family’s bodies the best life insurance
they can get.
by Laura Scott (MSc Nutrition), VVF Senior Nutritionist
Editor: Tony Wardle
A guide by the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation
Registered Charity No. 1037486
Copyright: Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation 2004.
Top Suite, 8 York Court, Wilder Street,
Bristol BS2 8QH.
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