According to a new study, children reared on vegetarian diets obtain equivalent quantities of critical nutrients as those fed on animal diets.
However, research says that vegetarian youngsters are at a little higher risk of being underweight, emphasising the importance of careful attention and preparation when it comes to feeding children.
"Plant-based dietary patterns are known as a healthy eating pattern owing to higher intake of fruits and vegetables, fibre, whole grains, and lower saturated fat," according to the study.
To conduct their investigation, the researchers examined data from 8,907 Canadian children ranging in age from six months to eight years.
Veg. kids had similar amounts of vitamin D, iron, and cholesterol to meat eaters according to blood tests. The researchers were surprised, given that meat is one of the primary sources of iron in children's diets.
At the same time, the statistics revealed that around 6% of vegetarian children were classified as underweight, compared to only 3% of meat-eaters.
Surprisingly, earlier research has shown that vegetarian children are taller than meat-eaters.
Based on their findings, the researchers advise parents and caregivers to obtain medical advice and education before deciding whether or not to feed their children meat.
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