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    [Calgary Herald - opinion] Today, teens are turning vegetarian for many reasons. They are interested in their personal health and wellness, but are also
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      [Calgary Herald - opinion]

      Today, teens are turning vegetarian for many reasons. They are
      interested in their personal health and wellness, but are also
      concerned about the environment. Many teens recognize raising cattle
      can be hard on our water supply, and can contribute to water
      pollution.

      Teenagers are often aware of the hormones and antibiotics involved
      with meat production, too, and many have concerns about animal
      welfare. Some teens are choosing a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet,
      independent of their family's beliefs. If they're following this type
      of vegetarian diet, teens typically avoid meat, poultry and fish, but
      include dairy products and eggs in their diet.

      The Right Course

      Parents of teens who turn to vegetarian diets may find this decision
      difficult. It often leads to meal-time stress. Parents may not know
      what to cook, and do not want to prepare an extra vegetarian meal at
      dinner. The vegetarian teen is often left to fix their own meal, which
      may end up being pasta with tomato sauce or a bowl of rice with
      veggies.
      ...
      Samara Felesky-Hunt is a registered dietitian at The Downtown Sports
      Clinics in Calgary. Her column appears weekly in the Herald. She can
      be reached at dietitian-online.com

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