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Vegan Kids: Healthy From the Start

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Other parents often ask me, "Where does he get all that energy?" And while I'm not going to say that vegan foods are the sole reason for his upbeat, energetic personality, they certainly haven't hurt.

Why a vegan diet?

Photo from: Jason Baker

Photo from: Jason Baker

We now know that some of the most dangerous health conditions – including artery disease, which leads to strokes and heart attacks and several common cancers – begin in childhood. Children as young as 3 years old have been found to have clogged arteries, and pediatricians are reporting an alarming increase in the number of children with type 2 diabetes, a disease that has typically affected adults but is now showing up in kids who are obese or even just overweight. In fact, researchers believe that the current generation of children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents because their diets are so laden with animal-based foods, which over time take a toll the body. So while all parents fret about what to feed their youngsters, I'm confident that I'm giving my son the best possible start in life by raising him as a vegan.

I'll admit, I did have some concerns in the beginning. When I first met my son, he was 2 weeks old and in the ICU. The day we left the hospital, the doctor warned me that it was likely that he'd always be small and a bit slow, because he'd been born addicted to drugs. But that wasn't my main worry at the time. The more urgent question was, "How does a single guy get breast milk for a baby?" I soon discovered breast-milk banks and donors, so I began feeding him donated breast milk supplemented with some calcium-fortified soy formula when I couldn't get enough breast milk.

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