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    [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle] (June 6, 2007) — As teenagers begin to exert control and autonomy over their eating habits, they may choose to avoid meat
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      [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle]

      (June 6, 2007) — As teenagers begin to exert control and autonomy over
      their eating habits, they may choose to avoid meat and meat products.
      As parents, you may be concerned about safety and the motives
      surrounding your teen's decision.

      Most likely, your child is beginning a very rewarding and healthy way
      of life. According to the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent
      Medicine, teens who choose a vegetarian diet are more likely to meet
      national health promotion and disease prevention objectives because
      they consume less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables than
      their non-vegetarian peers.
      ...
      If your child hopes vegetarianism will help with weight control, make
      sure he or she chooses a healthful approach. Connect your child with a
      registered dietitian who can evaluate the individual and family
      medical history, medications and/or lab results, weight, and current
      and intended eating and exercise habits. A registered dietitian can
      help your child determine a balanced eating program that may or may
      not contain animal products but help with weight management and
      overall well-being.

      Once you know the "why" for your teen's vegetarianism, determine the
      "how." There are many types of vegetarians:
      ...
      The stricter the vegetarian, the more necessary it is to make
      purposeful food choices. If your child is choosing to be a vegan,
      educating your whole family on an approach for proper nutrition will
      be necessary. It is no longer the expert consensus that vegetarians
      need to combine certain proteins at meals. An overall balanced and
      varied approach is adequate. Vegans do need to be careful to include
      iron, calcium, protein, vitamins D and B12 and zinc. A registered
      dietitian can help with this.
      ...
      Tami M. Best, R.D., is a certified diabetes educator and chief
      clinical dietitian at Thompson Health.

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      full story:
      http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070606/LIVING01/706060304/-1/COLUMNS

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