The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. There are now more than 1m vegetarians and , vegans in the UK — and numbers are thought to be growing. While these people, identified through research commissioned by the Vegan Society, are over 15 years of age, the growing numbers make it likely an increasing number of infants are also being brought up on vegetarian or vegan diets. But making sure babies get the right amount and balance of nutrients can be a tricky job even without restrictions on what they can eat. So how hard is it for vegetarian or vegan parents to get this right while passing on their food preferences? Babies need a lot of nutrients. They may triple their birth weight in the first 12 months, indicating just how much skin, bone, blood and organ tissue they need to lay down.
Eating a plant-based diet can be a beneficial choice for your family. It does not necessarily mean you stop eating all meat or dairy products. It means that a majority of your food comes from plant-based sources such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, beans, and grains. Choosing a plant-based diet, such as the Mediterranean diet which has a foundation in plant-based foods, but also includes fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt a few times a week or a vegetarian diet have been shown to have health benefits, such as lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Meat and dairy production require more water and land, and this contributes to higher greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change. Make at least half of your plate vegetables at lunch and dinner, choosing vegetables that are a variety of colors. Also aim to eat green leafy vegetables at least once per day. Eat smaller amounts of meat or eliminate meat altogether from meals per week for your family. Plant-based protein options that can create a filling meal include beans, tofu, lentils, and nuts. Choose healthy fats, which can be found in nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, and olive oils.
Whole food plant based diet for babies you head
When it comes to feeding infants a vegan diet, there is quite a bit of confusion and uncertainty… and rightly so because traditionally, plant-based nutrition has not been a real topic of focus for medical professionals. As a result, many doctors stick to what they know… medicine. Unfortunately, such doctors cannot see the real medicine staring them in the face… proper nutrition. Fortunately, times are changing. Historically it was thought that a vegan diet was not a sufficient source of nutrition for adequate development and growth during the infant period years where there is a lot of cell proliferation and maturation of vital organs and systems, however we now know a well balanced vegan diet is perfectly fine for an infant from birth. Diets of vegan children meet or exceed recommendations for most nutrients, and vegan children have higher intakes of fiber and lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than omnivore children 1. Regardless of the diet, animal-based or not, an infants diet needs to be carefully planned to ensure adequate nutrition. This is the most important message in this blog, which I cannot stress enough. In addition a well balanced plant-based diet offers many more protective antioxidants and phytonutrients than a typical infant animal-based diet. If there are less humans eating animal products, it means loss of money for the animal farming industry, loss of money for Big Pharma supplying antibiotics to the cattle, loss of money for Big Pharma supplying medications to sick humans, loss of money for the hospitals and medical staff that treat sickness, etc. Can you see why they would all be against promoting a healthy, whole food plant-based diet that reduces sickness and your chance of developing disease?