(CA-on) Going vegetarian simple for adults, but requires careful planning for children
- Not long ago, vegetarians were ridiculed, an eccentric lot whose names
were more often than not linked with carrot juice.
Today, that's changed as so many people are shunning meat, fowl and
fish out of concern for health, weight loss and personal ethics.
But parents need not be concerned such a diet will have an adverse
effect on their children, as long as they remember certain minerals
and vitamins are vital for growing bodies, registered dietitian Beth
Lori Anderson's four-year-old son, Nelson Mahmoudi, has never eaten
red meat or milk.
The Richmond Hill resident adopted a vegetarian diet after spending
six weeks on a boat in Lake Ontario.
Shortly after arriving home from the trip, during which passengers ate
only fresh foods, she had a huge steak and potato dinner.
"For the next three days, I felt as if I was moving in slow motion. So
I know my body type does not like red meat," she said.
She also believes it tends to make people more aggressive. The panic
animals feel just before slaughter produces adrenaline humans consume
in the meat.
As well, she believes world-wide vegetarianism could eliminate hunger.
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