How vegetarian diets can be healthy for children

Parents who are vegetarians frequently wonder whether a vegetarian diet is a healthy one for children. Let me get to the root of the matter and plant a few ideas with you on this topic.Do your homeworkThe key word in planning any diet for children is growth. Studies show infants and children can grow well on meatless vegetarian diets and even without some dairy products if they are placed on stricter vegan regimens. But you need to do vegetarian diet planning for your child working with your child’s health care professional and/or a nutritionist to make sure all the adequate … Read More

Is a vegetarian baby diet healthy for my child?

Susan S. Johnson

For concerned moms and dads, their child’s diet and overall nutrition is often a central focus of that parental concern. “Does my child eat enough, or enough of the right things?”, they may be wondering. Or perhaps, “are they lacking minerals and vitamins in their meal plans?” For some, vegetarian baby food or, better yet, a vegetarian baby diet can be the key to those questions. If you are a practicing vegetarian, chances are you are pondering these questions to reinforce the safety – or lack of safety — of that lifestyle for your growing baby. All the while, allowing

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Here’s How to Eat Healthy at the Fair and Not Be Sad

Susan S. Johnson
Last week, just in time for opening day on Friday, the State Fair of Texas published a list of keto and Whole 30 food available at the fair. Finally, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson can stop hollering for his keto map.

The fair also compiled lists of foods for vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten-free options and other healthier choices.

Those lists are extensive, but they don’t come with a map. It’s easy to ask where a location is at any Hospitality Center on the fairgrounds but since we think eating at the fair shouldn’t ever make anyone sad, we’ve

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Opinion: Eating 1 hot dog costs you 36 minutes of ‘healthy’ life, but a portion of nuts and seeds adds 25 minutes

Susan S. Johnson

Vegetarian and vegan options have become standard fare in the American diet, from upscale restaurants to fast-food chains. And many people know that the food choices they make affect their own health as well as that of the planet.

But on a daily basis, it’s hard to know how much individual choices, such as buying mixed greens at the grocery store or ordering chicken wings at a sports bar, might translate to overall personal and environmental health. That’s the gap we hope to fill with our research.

We are part of a team of researchers with expertise in food

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