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My daughter is a vegetarian by choice.. Can't harm her, cat it? She's only 7...

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:06 PM on Dec. 19, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • As long as she's getting enough protein and calcium and B vitamins from other sources (leafy greens, legumes, nuts, etc) then it shouldn't be. The worry with a vegetarian diet is really only for those things. As long as she eats things like spinach, kale, beans, almonds and such, it should be fine.

    HOWEVER, you should talk to her pediatrician to get a better view on what she needs to be eating for amounts and such. Please do NOT rely on supplements for her since she is so young. She needs to get her nutrients from her actual food.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:14 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • Will she eat beans, cheese, and eggs>or is it like my friend who is a "vegetarian" but will devour twinkies and doritos in lieu of healthy meals, as long as you are getting the right balance of food, she acutally is making a wise choice!

    Answer by kimigogo at 6:23 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • vegetarian diets can be very great for children, but you have to make sure they eat enough protein from nuts, eggs etc, and are getting vitamins. I would give her a multi vitamin and carefully watch her protein intake. If she is normal size and looses weight she is not getting balanced nutrition and you should see help from the vegetarian community, and her doctor.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 6:24 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • As long as it's a well-planned diet it should be fine. My son is 9 and a vegetarian by choice - he just doens't like the taste/texture of meat. He's always been that way. But he does eat milk, cheese and fish. As others have said - making sure she gets beans, eggs, even cheese/milk for protein. While vegetables do contain iron - it's not absorbed by the body as easily as iron found in meat, so you might want to make she has cereals or pastas fortified with iron. If she eats milk/cheese then she should be getting enough calcuim. One concern is vitamin B12 - it's only absorbed from animal products so you should check nutrition labels for B12 fortified foods. And talk with your peditrician about it - ours was very helpful.

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:40 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • There are a lot of foods that suppliment the vitimins and nutrients that meats give your child. It's perfectly healthy for a child to be a vegitarian if she's getting those nutrients and vitimins from other foods. Make sure to do your homework on a true balanced vegitarian diet, so you can prepare meals full in the things she'd normally be getting from meats. Vegitables alone isn't enough for a child. She must eat more then that to gain all of the needed nutrients to stay healthy.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 7:08 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • My 14 year old has been vegetarian from birth, and she is incredibly healthy. Congratulations to you on supporting your daughter! She may lead your family down a path to better health for all of you and the planet.
    I know that parents worry about nutrition when a child becomes vegetarian. Here are some great links:
    http://www.pcrm. org/health/ veginfo/vsk/ food_groups. html
    http://www.pcrm. org/health/ veginfo/vsk/ children. html
    I strongly recommend the book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell; it makes an excellent nutritional argument for vegetarianism. You should be able to find it at your local library.


    Answer by rkoloms at 7:56 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • Most Americans eat too much protein. 1/2 of American children are overweight and undernourished. 1/3 of children born in this century will develop type 2 diabetes. Children who eat a whole foods diets are healthier kids and grow up to be healthier adult.

    I belong to a fantastic group for vegetarian parents. Contact me offlist if you would like a link to the group.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:59 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • Vegitarian= old indian word for "bad hunter"

    Don't let your kid grow up to be a wussy. Eat a steak. Hippies.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:52 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • my oldest is a vegetarian. Do your research. And while a vegetarian diet is super healthy make sure it's a well investigated one. Just cause one is vegetarian one may be missing important things needs to be healthy and they're no better off.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 12:25 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

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