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Vegan kids are inspiring. Just look at young leaders like
10-year-old Genesis Butler, who recently gave a TedX talk about
healing the planet, and 13-year-old Lilly of the popular Lillycution YouTube channel. However, any vegan
parent knows that sometimes well-meaning but uninformed naysayers question
whether a vegan diet is appropriate for kids.
recently put those rumors to rest with an article that ultimately declared that kids can
thrive on a vegan diet. The condition was that a vegan diet should be
well-planned and balanced. (Spoiler alert: A balanced, well-planned diet is
important for anyone, not just vegans.)
isn’t the only respected source to stand up for vegan kids. Last year, the BBC
reported on veganism. According to the BBC: “With the right planning and knowledge, a
child can get everything they need following a vegan diet.”
The official word
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the largest organization of food and nutritional professionals in the United States – backs this up, which
is significant and the first time that the organization has done so.
It stated: “It is the
position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned
vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and
may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain
“These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle,
including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older
adulthood and for athletes.”
The organization also says vegans and vegetarians are
at reduced risk for illnesses like type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Who wouldn’t want to protect their kids from illnesses?
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics went on to say that a
plant-based diet is better for the environment. With parents naturally
concerned about their kids’ future at a time when science about climate change
is being denied by those in power, this can only be a good thing for children,
Of course, vegans have long known that children can thrive
without animal products. Still, it can be empowering for even long-term vegans
to have a popular magazine like Reader’s
Digest back up how they are choosing to raise their children.
In the age of
fake news, it’s reassuring to see the truth about veganism being revealed in
legitimate magazines and trusted organizations.
If you need help in ensuring that your kids’ vegan diet is
ideal, the Vegetarian Resource Group has a vegan
MyPlate chart to help plan a nutritious, well-rounded vegan diet,
and vegan dietitians can help you plan a diet to meet your child’s unique