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When considering a plant-based diet for your little one, there are a few things to consider before you get started. Little Tummy is, as always, here for you to support you with the necessary facts.
First of all, let’s look at the official recommendations: The NHS suggests that children on a plant-based diet should eat a wide variety of foods to provide the energy and vitamins they need for growth. The German Society for Nutrition or the American Academy of Pediatrics state that a well-planned vegan diet is possible but vitamin supplementation has to be considered.
Vitamins and micronutrients from animal sources are usually more easily absorbed and the protein composition of meat is more favourable for us than of plants. Therefore, the main concern about plant-based diets is the risk of vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies. Especially for a child, these can have detrimental effects on development and growth.
With some planning and background knowledge, you can easily tackle these concerns. We have listed some of the nutrients, which need most attention in a plant-based diet:
When thinking of starting your baby on a plant-based diet, it might be a good idea to talk to a dietitian or nutritionist about meal plans. A suitable supplement is a must for your little one and not all available supplements might match your child’s actual need. Make sure you discuss any vitamin supplementation and its dosage with a health professional.
Little Tummy’s meals are suitable for all babies on a plant-based diet. We use chickpeas and lentils to ensure protein and iron intake for your little one. Rapeseed oil provides omega 3 fatty acids. Our green meals are rich in calcium. Did you know that our Kale&Apple meal provides 25% or your little one’s daily recommended intake of calcium?