More and more parents are choosing to raise their kids vegan. According to a study, one in 12 parents are raising vegan children and 97% of parents raising vegans said the kids didn’t have a choice.
The study by Voucher Codes Pro questioned 2,177 UK parents of kids ages zero through 12. Of the parents who chose a vegan diet for their kids, 61% said they did it for health benefits and 36% said it was because of their opinions on animal welfare.
According to BBC, many dietitians say raising kids as vegans can be perfectly healthy. Registered dietitian Reed Mangels agrees, as long as kids are getting the right nutrients and enough calories.
“A vegan diet typically isn’t as calorie-dense and, because kids have small stomachs, if you’re giving them things like salads and lots of stir fries, they can start feeling full pretty fast. The advice there is to go with some energy dense foods. So, foods that are kind of high in calories, but have a lot of nutrients.”
It can be hard for any parent to get their kid to eat heathy. But no matter a kid’s diet, nutrition should be top priority.
“A child has to experience a food 10 times at least before they feel comfortable.” Mangels stated.