Despite growing evidence about the health benefits of going vegan, some are hesitant to the idea because they “have no education and [have] ill-founded opinions.
A TikToker has been criticized for wanting to raise his baby on a vegan diet.
It all started after user Tasj Rose posted a video of herself with her adorable 7-month-old baby Oak, saying she was planning to raise her daughter vegan.
Her account has over 14,000 subscribers and the video quickly caught the eye. Online trolls started attacking Rose for forcing her food choices on her baby.
“It has absolutely nothing to do with the best [for your baby] – you are the selfish one,” one user wrote.
“If this baby develops health issues because of this, you are guilty of child abuse – you are incriminating yourself,” another commented.
“I don’t agree with that. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to force your baby to be vegan too,” added a third.
One comment even wanted to get child protective services involved and get them to take Oak into their care lest she be malnourished.
However, Rose, a stay-at-home mum and video content creator from Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, remained unfazed and posted several clips to hit back at skeptics of the vegan baby diet.
She captioned a video: “She is well cared for, happy and healthy and that’s all that matters.”
In another clip, she wrote, “There’s nothing she needs in meat that she can’t get from something else.”
Rose also responded to a comment asking whether or not she would give her daughter the option of choosing her diet when she was older. She said, “Of course! She can decide for herself when she is old enough.
What does the baby eat?
Describing her daughter’s eating habits, Rose said Oak’s daily diet consists of fruits, vegetables, beans and seeds.
“I love animals and I don’t agree with using them for our own means,” the 25-year-old said. The post office.
Rose has also breastfed Oak since birth. “I believe cow’s milk is for cow babies, and breast milk is for human babies,” she said.
“I can consent to whoever drinks or takes my milk from me, animals are not.”
And, is Rose affected by the negativity she received? Absolutely not! She intends to continue to avoid animal products in her daughter’s diet.
She said: “My honest reaction to people who threaten [me and my daughter] because I choose to follow a plant-based diet is that they are uneducated and [have] misinformed opinions without evidence or research to back them up.
“I hope to educate people about plant-based diets.
“I want to show them that it’s healthy, and possible to do it for themselves and also for their children.”
Vegan diets and children
There is plenty of evidence that debunks the myth that children need animal products in their diet to “thrive”.
A 2021 study by Nutrition and Dietetics Academy stated that “well-planned vegetarian and vegan eating habits can be healthy and appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including for infants and toddlers.”
Additionally, a separate study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in June 2021, reported that “children on a vegan diet have a healthier cardiovascular profile and lower body fat than their omnivorous peers.” However, he also claimed that vegan children are also at greater risk of health problems that “affect growth, bone mineral content and micronutrient status”.
This last claim has been contradicted by several health experts while pointing out that parents should ensure that their children are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
According to the nonprofit medical organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a vegan diet supplemented with vitamin B12 provides excellent nutrition throughout all stages of childhood, from birth to adolescence. Children who eat nutritious vegan diets not only grow up to be strong and healthy, but they also reduce the risk of developing obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The NHS also agrees that babies and young children following a vegetarian or vegan diet can get the energy and most nutrients they need to grow and develop.
Heather Russell, Registered Dietitian at the Vegan Society-UK, said: “It is certainly possible to take care of your bones on a well-planned vegan diet, but people need information to make healthy choices.
Ayelet Goldhaber, registered dietitian at NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, also echoed Rusell’s opinion. She said: “A well-balanced vegan diet is definitely safe for babies.
“The baby will certainly thrive and grow as well as a non-vegan baby as long as the parents intend to ensure that baby receives foods rich in iron, calcium and protein such as spinach, lentils , tofu, and vegan dairy products like almond — or oat-based yogurts.
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