In terms of growth and nutrition, vegetarian children are no different from those who eat meat: Study

According to a new study, vegetarian children are just as healthy as their meat-eating counterparts, they may be at nearly twice the risk of being underweight.

As part of a study led by St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health in Toronto, the researchers examined the diets of nearly 9,000 Canadian children aged six months to eight years to determine their nutritional status.

According to reports, vegetarian and vegan children were found to have similar heights and growth markers to children who ate meat. Vegetarian children were nearly twice as likely than meat-eaters to be underweight when it comes to underweight. According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto, children’s nutritional needs can be met on a vegetarian diet only with careful planning.

According to a press release from Maguire, “plant-based dietary patterns are recognized as a healthy eating pattern due to increased intake of fruits, vegetables, fiber, whole grains, and reduced saturated fat. There is evidence to support the benefits of a plant-based diet high in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fruit.

Vegetarian children who ate more processed plant-based foods, according to a small study from 2021, had higher cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Additionally, according to the researchers, they ate fewer fruits and vegetables and a nut butter and whole-grain bread.

Researchers at The Children’s Memorial Health Institute, including study co-author Dr. Magorzata Desmond, say that while eating a plant-based diet can be good, it doesn’t guarantee it. There is also a need for more research on vegan diets, which exclude all animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. A new study found that vegan children had lower cholesterol and other heart-healthy indicators.

 

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