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OT - raising your children vegetarian or vegan

I'm just curious, what are opinions on this topic?

I've heard of people who have vegetarian pets too, how about this?

Sun. Jan 3, 8:30pm

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OP are you curious because you are considering it? I would tell you that my wife and I are raising our son veg. He is three and doing well. People used to tell me that he has to get enough protein etc. I got that all the time, but he has done so well and eats a wide range of foods. He eats some veggies, along with tofu, whole grains and so on. I personally believe there is too much hormones in meat. Its just my opinion but I don't want my son eating meat. He can decide that when he is old enough. Because he started on tofu, and veggies; he loves it. I believe if people want to give their kids meat thats completly their choice and I don't want to judge that. We all do the best we can and I hope I am doing the right thing.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 9:19 PM

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I don't know much about kids, but I do know that vegetarianism is a very healthy way to live provided you make sure you get enough stuff like iron and vitamin B-12. Protein, from what I've read, isn't as much of an issue as people make it out to be. Most Americans actually have way too much protein in their diets; we don't need nearly as much as people tend to think. I recently went vegetarian, and I've been keeping track of my protein a little bit. I've been landing within the healthy range without a problem.

Do some research on the subject. I personally think raising your kids vegan/vegetarian is a very good idea. For one thing, if they develop a taste for vegetables and such early on, they'll have an easier time eating healthy when they're older. I know I'm always grateful that I like fruits and vegetables, and I'm sure I can attribute most of that to growing up with apples in the fridge and peas and broccoli on my dinner plate every night.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 10:49 PM

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Hi, I'm 9:19. I agree with the prior post. One thing we do is put nutritional yeast on a lot of things like brown rice. It gives it a cheesy flavor and my son loves it. It also is high in protein and B12 as you mentioned. Its a great way for vegetarians to get that vitamin as its really not in anything else veg.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 11:17 PM

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Hello all. I'm a carnivore but I am reading "Eat To Live" right now and I have to say for a few minutes I wanted to go vegetarian! I am considering cutting back on the meats and upping the fruits and vegetables as a result.

A few comments about this though.

One thing I didn't like is how Fuhrman always talks about how it is ESSENTIAL to get nutrients from fresh fruit/veg and then he turns around and says it is perfectly acceptable to be vegetarian and take iron/B12 supplements..

Also as far as letting your kids decide when they get older I'm not sure they'll have the choice. I have an indian friend who was raised vegetarian and she really wants to try eating meat but it makes her sick when she does. She has consulted her doctor and he claims she has never developed the enzymes/etc to digest meat.

Also - although there is room for debate on the topic - tofu may not be good for you. Especially men. Personally I'm a guy and I avoid it.

Monday, January 04, 2010, 10:21 AM

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I;m the poster before you. There is misinformation about tofu and soy. It's just fine for men. People get so scared, espeicially men because it has plant estrogen. The reason soy is suggested for women in regards to brest cancer is that it actually fills the estrogen receptors. In other words it helps women from getting to much from other areas like milk. Its funny because some men are afraid of soy but will drink a ton of milk. Cows are pumped with tons of hormones to produce massive amounts of milk. Those hormones along with antibiotics they use to treat Mastitis can be passed along in the milk.
Although I would say to much of anything is never good. I am not sure what you mean about it not being healthy. Some reading I have done suggest soy can be a bit acidic. So that I would say as before about not eating to much of one thing. Our family eats a wide variety protein sources, including nuts, seeds and whole grains. Not to mention even veggies have protein. Sorry I didin't mean this to be to long. Thanks for the debat. I think its a good discussion.

Monday, January 04, 2010, 11:54 AM

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Well, I researched it last year and there were definitely 2 sides to the estrogen thing. I think anyone who is considering giving estrogen to young boys should certainly do their own research.

Monday, January 04, 2010, 10:01 PM

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Something to remember is that Tofu and the soy bean have been staples in cultures for ever. The rural, poor Chinese eat a lot of it and they have tremendous health compared to the rich who eat a lot of dairly. The China study is a great book to read on that. I'm not really sure what giving boys estrogen means anyway and what is the effect? Could the prior poster clarify? I'm curious what your research turned up. Thanks!

Monday, January 04, 2010, 10:17 PM

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Perhaps it is all the genetically modified (GMO) foods we consume. Especially with soy.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 12:45 AM

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Its very easy to get organic non gmo soy. Most stores cary it.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 1:08 AM

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I don't think that I would raise a kid as a strict vegetarian, although for sure a lot of kids don't like meat and won't eat it anyway. As others have mentioned, it's difficult to get all the B-vitamins without meat, and then there's creatine as well; also without dairy one has to be careful about vitamin D; and without fish one has to be careful about Omegas, which seem to help brain development.

While a vegetarian meals some or a lot of the time would seem to be a good idea, vegan or vegetarian eating requires a ton of supplementation to make sure a child is getting optimum nutrition.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 8:17 AM

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