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Vegan diet no grounds for locking up parents

Published 15/08/2016

Two cases involving what appears to be uninformed parenting are no grounds to throw parents of vegan children behind bars.

Vegan foods - cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals - are optimal for children.

The late Dr Benjamin Spock, one of the world's leading authorities on childcare, spoke out against feeding animal-derived foods to children, advising that they can cause diabetes and, in the long term, set kids up for obesity, cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease.

He also held that consuming plant-based foods forms the foundation of dietary habits that support a lifetime of good health.

This is one of the many reasons why countless conscientious parents, like myself, have raised, or are raising, healthy babies on well-planned, nutritionally complete vegan diets - and our children are thriving. Just ask my seven-year-old daughter, who is incredibly proud of her 100% attendance record at school.

DAWN CARR

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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