Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian
Be Sure Your Child is Eating for Health
January 2009 A recent report by the CDC claimed 1 in 200 children in the United States are vegetarian and it seems to be a growing trend. In an interview with Doctor Radio on Sirius 114 and XM 119, Dr. Fuhrman addresses the typical concerns over whether or not these children are meeting enough of their nutritional needs. In addition, he discusses the problems that both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets can present along with how they can contribute to your child developing cancer and other disease later in life. Here is a peak at the information Dr. Fuhrman explains in the interview:
- Learn about protein, B12, iron, and vitamin D deficiencies and how to avoid them.
Dr. Fuhrman: “I just wonder why people worry about a vegetarian diet. The same issues are there, the potential of vitamin deficiency, with a non-vegetarian diet. So of course I’m an advocate of healthy eating, whether you are vegetarian or not.”
- Gain some tips on how to deal with a finicky child who barely eats.
Dr. Fuhrman: “So I would suggest to the caller, regarding the fiber, making her daughter fruits shakes, maybe throw a little spinach or lettuce into the shake. That’s a good way to make sure they’re eating their vegetables.”
- Protect your child from adult cancers.
Dr. Fuhrman: “What you eat as a child is much more sensitizing to your adult risk of cancer than what you eat as an adult. Meaning a child’s diet is more cancer-causing than the same diet eaten at a later age. When young cells are replicating and dividing they are more susceptible to poor diet.”
Read the complete interview transcript.
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