I can’t imagine what life would be like if I grew up without the privilege of being able to eat things like pizza, chicken nuggets, or fish sticks — you know, food that childhood is made of. But gone are the days of childhood naivety. In this day and age, parents are pushing for alternative lifestyles for their children.
One such parent is Ruby Roth, the author of the book, Why We Don’t Eat Animals, and the upcoming book, Vegan is Love.
Roth, who’s stepdaughter is being raised a vegan, grew up on an organic tree farm with a vegetarian for a mom. Her book, whicfh teaches about animal testing and eating habits, has been considered to be a controversial one.
“The main problem I have with this book is that children are impressionable, and this is too sensitive of a topic to have a child read this book,” says Nicole German, a registered dietitian in Atlanta. “It could easily scare a young child into eating vegan, and, without proper guidance, that child could become malnourished.”
The Vegan diet calls for NO milk, eggs, cheese, meat, or fish. It eliminates any type of food derived from an animal, but leaves the nutritious stuff – vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, etc.
Although I’m a fan of eating healthy, I can’t imagine being reeled into such a meticulous diet at the age of five. I mean, no chocolate milk? How can any kid function?
But Roth is not alone. Another mom, Sarah Creighton, who is the author of a blog called Veggie Kids, also raises her three sons as vegans. When asked how kids are getting their protein, and if they are drinking enough milk, she points out that, “Nuts and legumes and even veggies contain protein … and her kids do drink milk, except it’s made from almonds, hemp or rice.”
What do you think about children being raised vegans? Would you raise your children as a vegan?