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From: Brenda W. (dial-136.r16.ncbrvr.infoave.net)
Subject: Re: soy and B2
Date: January 2, 2005 at 6:27 am PST

In Reply to: soy and B2 posted by flax on December 31, 2004 at 3:40 pm:

Your post lists your concerns re: B2, but I am assuming you mean B12 ... anyway, I haven't read Adelle Davis in years, but my memory of her is that she REALLY pushes cow's milk.

Children, like adults, do fine on a dairy free diet. In fact, without dairy, your child will have far, far fewer ear infections and colds, as compared to kids who do take dairy. If you are including eggs in your child's diet, one egg has more than the RDA for B12 for kids from birth to age 3. If your child is completely vegan, just make sure s/he gets B12 from either a supplemented food (most breakfast cereals have vitamin fortification, as do most commercial soy milks). Or, just use a children's multivitamin.

The one area where the diets of children and adults are different is in their need for fat. Up until the age of 2, children's diets should NOT be restricted in fat. So be sure to use "regular" soy milk, not low fat.

Also, check out The Vegetarian Resource Group's web page (www.vrg.org). They have a great section on feeding vegan kids.



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