More and more adults are opting for a vegetarian diet and are also feeding their children in the same way. This diet limits the consumption of animal products, which can lead to deficiencies in certain nutrients in the child. What is the best way to nourish children with a vegetarian diet?
A well-balanced diet should provide the body with all the necessary nutrients, such as
When a parent decides to give up certain foods or modify a child’s diet, he or she should balance the diet in such a way as to provide the child with all the nutrients necessary for his or her body.
Vegetarian diet excludes meat and dishes and products that have it in their composition. The basis for it are fruits and vegetables and other products of plant origin.
Proper nutrition in the first years of a child’s life is very important for his or her development. It also affects his later eating habits. This is why it is so important to ensure a well-balanced diet.
Any variation of a vegetarian diet requires constant monitoring of the child’s development and test results. The use of a vegetarian diet in a child may cause deficiencies in some nutrients and minerals. It is not recommended that young children and adolescents be fed frutarian and vitarian diets. These diets are also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is the most popular in Poland, but feeding a child this way may cause an allergy to cow’s milk protein or lactose intolerance (due to its consumption in large amounts). This type of diet requires constant monitoring of the levels of:
Studies show that children who are on a vegetarian diet, have a lower body weight than their peers on a traditional diet.
Clinical studies have shown that children on a vegetarian diet develop properly if the diet is well balanced. Studies have also shown that children on a vegetarian diet are much slimmer than children on a traditional diet – plant foods prevent the occurrence of obesity
1. Increasing the energy value of meals by adding:
2. Getting the right amount of protein in your diet by serving a variety of plant-based foods each day.
3. Vitamin B12 supplementation.
4. Regular testing for the presence of iron and zinc. In case of bad results, their supplementation is recommended.
5. Vitamin D supplementation.
A vegetarian diet can be used in children if it is properly balanced and deficiencies are supplemented.
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