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Vegetarianism Essay

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Vegetarianism
There are many types of vegetarians; some of the most common are Vegans, Lacto-vegetarians, and Lacto-ovo- vegetarians, Pesco-vegetarians, and Pollo-vegetarians. Vegans live on only plant foods; some of these things include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, and many more. Lacto vegetarians eat vegetables they also include dairy into their diets. Pesco vegetarians add fish into their diets, and Pollo vegetarians eat poultry such as chicken, duck, game, and birds. Pollo vegetarians exclude omit red meat out of their diets.
There are many health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. As said by the Harvard Women’s Health Watch in Should I Become a Vegetarian?, “If you stop ...view middle of the document...

These include iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B-12 deficiency, rickets, and a bulky diet that can restrict energy intake in the first few years of life” (par 21). Getting children the proper nutrition on a vegetarian diet depends on what type of vegetarian the child is. Some diets are more restrictive than others. The more restrictive it gets, the more risk there is. A vegan diet is the most restrictive and has the most risk, since a vegan diet eliminates all foods of animal origin. Higher fiber foods are very filling and the younger children tend to “fill-up” too quickly on these and have a hard time getting enough calories for proper growth. Their diet needs to be carefully planned and maintained to make sure they get all the nutrients they need (Pediatric Advisor). Tanya Di Genova and Harvey Guyda talk about a court case in their article “Infants and Children Consuming Atypical Diets: Vegetarianism and Macrobiotics, “As recently as 2005, despite the significant available literature on the potential risks of alternate diets, strict vegan parents were taken to court and charged with neglect after one of their children died of malnutrition. Their other four children were all found to be below the lowest appropriate percentile for height and weight for their age. These parents avoided taking their children to see physicians and the children were not immunized” (par 17). It is very important for vegan parents to get the appropriate resources to have their children on a well-rounded diet. If not, obviously it can have disastrous consequences.
There hasn’t really been much research on the long-term outlook of children on vegetarian diets. Most of the case studies are of children who were not closely monitored and had vitamin deficiencies. These families also refuse medical help and prefer herbal remedies. A well-planned and maintained vegetarian diet can satisfy vitamin requirements...

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