Children raised on a plant-based diet eat more fruits and vegetables than their non-veggie counterparts. They are sick less often, and don’t have as many food allergies. Raised in homes where the emphasis is on healthful plant foods, young vegans are likely to gain a few nutritional advantages over their meat-eating peers. Health experts often caution that plant-based diets for children require “careful planning.” That’s true, but then again, all diets for children require careful planning. Parents of omnivores need to make sure their kids are getting enough fiber and not too much saturated fat. With obesity and diabetes on the rise among children, it is clear that there are plenty of problems with omnivore diets. Type Two, or "Adult Onset" diabetes is now, sadly, striking children as early as four years old. Family and friends may worry that your children will be ostracized at school if they bring tofu and sprouts. So send your child to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread, an apple and carrots and no one will know your child is eating a “special” diet. At birthday parties, find out what the host is serving and drop your child off with the plant-based equivalent of those items.
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