Vegan Diets are Suitable for Children According to Fox News

Propaganda surrounding vegan diets seems to be gradually coming to an end

On December 2nd, 2016, Fox News Health posted an article titled, “Vegetarian and vegan diets good for kids and adults, nutritionists say”. The article explored the myth that completely plant-based diets are detrimental to the health of children, even concluding that these diets could, in fact, be beneficial for children and all other stages of life.

In the article, the media outlet cited the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ position statement on vegan and vegetarian diets. In the academy’s statement, they confirmed that appropriately planned vegan diets, “are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” They even went on to say that the diet is, “appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

Fox News spoke with dietitian Vandana Sheth, who stated that although vegan diets must be well planned, “Any diet that is not well planned and balanced can have negative side effects,”. She went on to say that, “Well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets containing vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds can be nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases,”.

The prevention and treatment of chronic diseases that a plant-based diet is capable of may be surprising to some. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the diet reduces risk of diabetes by 62%, risk of prostate cancer by 35%, risk of heart attack by 33%, risk of heart disease by 29%, and risk of all forms of cancer by 18%. This is notably significant as these diseases are some of the top killers in the world, with heart disease being at the top of the list, causing nearly 1 in 3 deaths.

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