Here are some things to know about raising vegan kids.
A mum on TikTok sparked outrage after sharing she was feeding her baby vegan food.
Natasha Callahan, who regularly posts light-hearted TikTok videos, has received backlash after sharing with her followers that she is raising her child 100% vegan.
“There were people telling us that I was being selfish and abusing my kid because I wasn’t giving him meat,” Callahan told ‘Good Morning America.’ “And then there were other people saying, ‘Don’t be silly, that’s a good thing. “”
Callahan – whose video garnered more than 20,000 views in less than three days – didn’t expect revealing her daughter’s diet would lead to a shameful attack on her mother.
While many have expressed concerns about Callahan’s choice of diet for her baby, doctors say when it comes to children, especially infants, a vegan diet may be safe, but parents should be careful. .
“It can be safe to raise an infant, toddler, or child on a vegan diet,” pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson told “GMA.”
According to a study conducted in Poland, a published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children who followed a vegan or vegetarian diet had lower body fat and a healthier cardiovascular profile than children who ate meat, but researchers warn that vegan diets can affect growth, bone mineral content and micronutrient status.
“I think with careful planning, with thoughtful additions to a vegan diet or a plant-based diet, you may change a vegan diet early in life and then transition to a vegan diet. complete as a child ages out of these critical periods of development,” Swanson said.
Callahan is currently breastfeeding and feeding her daughter solid vegan foods, but says when her daughter is old enough, it will ultimately be up to her whether she will remain vegan for life.
“If she comes up to me and says I don’t want to be vegan, then she doesn’t have to be vegan anymore,” Callahan said.