From Frugivore — In general, the American public has met the vegan lifestyle with skepticism, particularly since we’ve come to associate certain nutritional values with meat and dairy. It’s one thing for able and willing adults to choose the lifestyle, but many call “child abuse” on parents that enforce the diet on their young children. Can young and growing children truly get all of their nutritional values from veganism? The answer is yes, so long as the parent is educated on the vegan diet and its nutritional requirements.
Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, head of the nutritional committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the Huffington Post that the health benefits of a vegan diet include lower rates of heart disease, obesity, cholesterol, and certain types of cancer. She reinforced the fact that a vegan diet has to be done properly for both children and adults, while recommending that vegan moms consult a nutritionist or registered dietitian to make sure they’re aware of what their children could possibly be lacking and how to compensate for it.