While surfing the internet, more impressionable kids and teenagers are finding animal slaughter videos on YouTube (R), courtesy of organizations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Thus, causing kids and teenagers to avoid eating meat from that point forward.
Some parents and Doctors worry that growing kids are not meeting their protein, vitamins B12 and D, iron, calcium and other important nutrients that most people get from meat, eggs and dairy.
Also, vegetarian diets are not necessarily slimming. Some vegetarian kids cut out meat but fill up on doughnuts, french fries, soda or potato chips, experts said.
Multivitamin and supplements must be taken, and extra care to keep sugary, high-fat and cholesterol and high carb snacks, foods and drinks away from kids and teenagers who choose Vegetarianism. It is all too easy to fall into the trap that ‘as long as I don’t eat meat, i’ll be healthy and save the lives of animals’.
Most people are semi-vegetarian, which is what I consider myself. What it should be called is the normal American diet: 8 oz meat or protein a day, with the rest filled with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, dairy products and low-carb, low-cholesterol breads and grains (I eatDreamfieds Pasta–diabetic friendly).
If your child or teenager comes to you expressing interest in becoming a Vegetarian, applaud their desire to eat and live a more healthy lifestyle and educate yourselves about proper nutrition. It is possible to meet the FDA’s dietary guildelines for kids and teenagers.
Check out Living Without Meat for more information about Vegetarianism. Tell Sally that Brick sent you.