Monday, August 10, 2009

Vegetarian Diets

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Vegetarian Diets , if properly manage are safe, have long cultural traditions and may reduce the risk of certain conditions such as obesity. Adults who provide a vegetarian diet for their families are often very knowledgeable about nutrition and serve well-balanced meals .

Types of Vegetarian Diets
1. The "Vegan" diets, consisting only of non-animal foods
2. The"Ovo-Vegetarian' diet, consisting of non animal food plus eggs and
3. The "Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian" diets, consisting of non animal food plus eggs and dairy products

The growth the infants and children on a very restricted vegetarian diet(Vegan) may be compromised. Children may have difficulty obtaining enough energy ,protein, iron, calcium,vitamin D, vitamin B12 and riboflavin. Malnutrition can result if a child's parents are not familiar with children's minimal nutritional requirements, or if adequate care is not taken in meal planning and preparation.

Children eating an OVO-vegetarian or Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian diet will have less difficulty meeting their nutritional needs, therefore , the less restrictive Lacto-Ovo diet should be promoted.

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