Veganism and vegetarianism are on the rise across the globe as a result of rising global warming, according to a survey conducted in January 2022. In Canada, more than two million people are claiming themselves as vegans, whereas more than one-third of the UK population is also willing to adopt a plant-based diet.
In a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, many parents encounter a major concern: is it possible to include a completely plant-based diet to their children in order to receive all of the necessary nutrients?
Vegetarian kids vs non-vegetarian kids
From 2008 to 2019, the authors of the study examined data about the weight, vitamin D, body mass index, height, iron content, and cholesterol levels of 8,907 Canadian children aged between six and eight years old. These children and their parents participated in TARGet Kids!, a research network in Canada that hopes to promouvoir child healthcare initiatives by using different research initiatives.
Researchers categorized the children as vegetarians and non-vegetarians while assessing their physical development. Despite their findings, Dr. Jonathan Maguire said, "Over the last 20 years we have seen increased popularity of plant-based foods and a changing food environment with greater access to plant-based alternatives, however, we have not seen research into the nutritional outcomes of children following vegetarian diets in Canada."
The following study found that vegetarians kids have a greater risk of becoming obese than meat consumers of their age.
Parents are advised to consult healthcare specialists for growth monitoring and planning a good diet plan for children who are underweight but do not follow a vegetarian diet. According to Dr. Maguire, "[A] vegetarian diet was associated with higher odds of underweight weight status, underlining the need for careful dietary planning for children who do not follow vegetarian diets."
Limitation of the study
Vegetarian dishes can be of numerous varieties, based on a variety of varieties. For example, mushrooms, coconut, and raspberries are excellent sources of vitamin D and protein. While a diet that mostly includes oats, bananas, rice, and wheat is high in carbohydrates.
According to a recent study at St. Michaels Hospital, vegetarian eating does not include the type and flavor of the vegetarian diet consumed by vegetarians. Decomposition is also required so that further comparison between nutritional levels of vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian children may be made.