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British Nutrition Foundation Advises Vegan Kids To Get More Protein

by | July 19, 2019

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has released a new set of dietary guidelines for vegetarian and vegan kids.

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British Nutrition Foundation Advises Vegan Kids To Get More Protein

According to the Independent, the BNF has advised vegan children need at least two portions of protein per day to ensure they are meeting their iron and zinc requirements.

The BNF has advised that children can be healthy on vegan and vegetarian diets, however, parents should consult with their children’s GP to make sure their kids are getting adequate nutrition.

“It can be difficult for young children to get enough vitamin A and B12, riboflavin, iron, zinc, calcium and iodine,” when following a vegan diet the BNF states.

The new BNF guidelines state that children should eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily, three portions of dairy food and two portions of protein.

So what can you give your vegan kids to ensure they are meeting their nutritional requirements?

Leafy greens and green veggies are an excellent source of iron. Combine with citrus (ie. lemon juice as a salad dressing) or high vitamin c food to help with the absorption of iron.

A variety of beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, rice, and quinoa will ensure that they meet all the amino acid requirements and get enough protein.

Infants should exclusively be given breastmilk (if possible) for the first six months of life, then for two years (or beyond) according to the World Health Organisation guidelines.

How do you feel about these new guidelines? Do you think they make getting adequate nutrition on a vegan diet sound harder than it actually is? Let us know in the comments below.

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Amanda Goss

Digital Writer | Gold Coast, Australia | [email protected]

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