The Dangers of Cycle Helmets, and Raising Kids Vegan

by | December 12, 2018

Every loving parent always looks to reduce or eliminate the risks that their child can potentially be exposed to.  From raising kids vegan to donning bicycle safety-helmets, and wearing seat-belts through to always making sure there is food, shelter, clothing, and warmth, the list of ways that parents care for their kids is endless.  And, crucially, all of those are absolutely uncontroversial to all but the most devoted tin-foil hat wearer.

Yet when it comes to raising kids vegan, red flags are suddenly waved, air horns are honked and hurtful suggestions are made as to young health being compromised and endangered.

Of course, unless you’ve been hanging out in a cave with especially poor wi-fi, you’ll likely know that the evidence showing the risks of meat and animal by-products is steadily growing.

For example, in late 2015, the cancer research arm of the UN identified processed red meat as being a carcinogenic risk to humans. 

Or how about the dairy industry – its tired promotion of the myth that the milk of another species is somehow good for humans of any age, is increasingly being identified as posing any number of preventable health issues. 

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What’s Wrong With Raising Kids Vegan?

Despite air horns, you’re more likely to get furrowed brows and hurtful suggestions of child “malnutrition” if you let it be known that your kids are vegan than if you let on that you always make them wear a safety-helmet when they go out on their bikes.

Yet we raise our kids as healthily as possible with a balanced vegan diet?  Why should we expose them to unnecessary dietary risk?  What valid arguments are there against bringing up our children to be the next generation of compassionate adults with a genuine respect for all life and the one environment we all share?  (Spoiler:  there are none).

Two of it comes gifts we should always be giving to our children – healthy bodies and healthy minds.  And veganism gives us the very best chance to do both.

Have your say, do you think raising kids vegan is an issue? Let us know in the comments. 

Dave Hewitt

An Ohio-based British Masters post-graduate, and ever since I was a little kid growing up in 70s England, I’ve always hated animal cruelty and injustice, and vegan for six years. The sense of sticking up for the voiceless, the persecuted and the powerless remains as strong as ever. Married to Monica, my vegan life partner who works for NASA, we’ve been in Ohio since 2015, and have managed to drive on the other side of the road without incident thus far.


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One Response to “The Dangers of Cycle Helmets, and Raising Kids Vegan”

  1. Richard Burton
    December 13th, 2018 @ 10:15 am

    While I have absolutely no argument with your main point about veganism, I’m afraid if you think bicycle helmets are not controversial, you are sadly mistaken. Despite all the claims of huge numbers of lives being saved before the law was brought in, nowhere with a helmet law can show any reduction in risk to cyclists as a result, rather the opposite in fact. Children have been strangled by their helmet straps, but there is no proven case of a helmet saving a life, so it is fact that helmets have killed, but not that they have saved a life. Cycle helmets are one of the biggest fake stories that have been inflicted on humanity.

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