I’m the father of a child who has been vegan since birth.
If recent news stories are to be believed that should have you recoiling in horror – but you need not – she’s thriving – along with millions of other vegan children around the world.
That’s because a plant-based vegan contains everything we need nutritionally and in my experience gives children the very best start in life – for their physical health and emotional wellbeing.
Last week it was reported that ‘trendy’ vegan diets can cause ‘irreversible damage’ to a child’s nervous system and even death.
Death by veganism?
The idea would be funny if it wasn’t so damaging.
Put simply this sort of talk is straight-up scaremongering – flying in the face of an extensive body of independent scientific research.
It also contrasts with the position of the British Dietetic Association which has long supported vegan diets for children.
These stories serve as little more than a distraction from the real issue of the health risks of eating animal products.
Eating processed meat for example causes cancer – that’s recognised by sensible independent organisations across the world.
The World Health Organisation has classified it as carcinogenic in the same category as tobacco.
So rather than attack veganism and the people who commit themselves to that diet – let’s focus our attention on the foods that are genuinely killing us – like sausages and bacon.