Vegan food for children: Anger over the tips of the Federal government

The daughter in a sling, is Influencerin Anja Zeidler in front of a cream-colored juicer and squeezed Grapefruits. Nearly 300'000 people in the Lucerne to have

Vegan food for children: Anger over the tips of the Federal government

The daughter in a sling, is Influencerin Anja Zeidler in front of a cream-colored juicer and squeezed Grapefruits. Nearly 300'000 people in the Lucerne to have a look on Instagram, how she lives, what she eats and what she drinks.

little more than a month Zeidler, which was to become as a fitness model was known, for the first time mother. The 26-year-old vegan, avoided during pregnancy and lactation in any animal products that caused the social media for controversial reactions.

Anja Zeidler from squeezed Grapefruits. Photo: Instagram

studies estimate that in Switzerland, in the meantime, approximately every hundredth adult vegan lives – a part of it also feeds his children purely vegetable. Because professionals are increasingly confronted with the topic, published by the Federal food safety and veterinary office is now a guide that answers questions about the vegan diet of babies and small children.

Vegetarian is not a Problem

20 pages include the "instructions" that were formulated by a working group and primarily at pediatricians, midwives, and lactation consultants to teach. Conclusion: While a well planned vegetarian diet "does not constitute a great difficulty", be a vegan way of life, during pregnancy, in breastfeeding and in infants and not recommended child age rather.

will be Warned about a possible lack of Vitamin D, Iodine, iron, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12 and B2, Calcium and proteins. At the same time of the problematic substances were threatened to be in a vegan diet in large amounts – such as heavy metals, which can be found in rice or seaweed.

"It is in the
nature of the thing that we respond to the potential risks."Pascal Müller, doctor

In Swissveg, the representation of the interests of the vegetarian and vegan people living in Switzerland, to come to recommendations bad. "The study only focuses on the Negative – the benefits of a vegan diet, you completely ignored", writes managing Director Renato Pichler.

It was downright ridiculous, to a possible heavy metal pollution of algae to respond, "but make no mention stresses and strains, which can bring animal products – think, for example, of antibiotic resistant germs".

"exactly

Pascal Müller, Senior physician for nutritional medicine in the Eastern Swiss children's hospital, plan," is one of the authors of the recommendations for action and coordinator of the relevant working group. He says: "the aim of the paper is to provide information that is as neutral as possible." According to current knowledge, an optimized compound is food, so a combination of plant and animal products, for children at the most recommended.

Decide for a family, for example, for ideological reasons, however, for a vegan diet for the children, for the development of young talent is not bad per se. "A diet without animal products but it needs to be very carefully planned so that children can develop healthy."

the purpose of this report was to identify possible stumbling blocks. "So it is in the nature of things, that we respond to the potential risks." It is essential according to the guidelines, for example, to provide children with Vitamin-D and B12 supplements, which are approximately in the form of drops available.

"I have found that when the topic of veganism in pregnancy a lot of dangerous half-courses know."Anja Zeidler, Influencerin

cases of vegan-fed children with severe deficiency symptoms of worry in the international headlines. They also come in Swiss hospitals: a handful Of cases per year, about Raoul Furlano, a Senior physician in the University children's hospital beider Basel reported. The consequences ranged from anemia, severe nerve damage, and mental or physical under-development.

Also, Pascal Müller has treated the malnourished vegan children. However, he stressed: "these are individual cases." He notes, tend to decrease, thanks to the relevant websites and the media, many Vegans are informed to report better than in the past.

The organization Swissveg takes a lot to Orient parents about healthy child nutrition. Three years ago they conducted a survey with 120-vegan mothers. This came to the conclusion that the most enjoyed, most of the women and the newborn the best of health. "However, only 64% provided their children with Vitamin B12 – this is where we see a need for action," says Pichler.

on the Positive side, the President is for the Vegan, the guide to the Federal government for the first time, all the children of doctors with comprehensive information on the subject to be supplied. Also Influencerin Anja Zeidler finds it useful that a debate is taking place. "I have found that when the topic of veganism in pregnancy a lot of dangerous half-courses know."

you yourself have dealt intensively with the topic. "My blood levels are great and my Baby's alive," says Zeidler. Whether daughter Jela will one day also be a vegan, lets you open. "As long as I cook for myself, will probably come mostly Vegetable on the plate. My daughter may decide later, but what she wants to eat."

Created: 02.03.2020, 21:08 PM

Updated Date: 03 March 2020, 08:01

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