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Old 06-23-2012, 02:14 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I was raised as a Vegan although went off on a tangent for a short period during my late teens / early 20s. I'm now more a Vegetarian than a Vegan as I do consume eggs and some dairy-related products (although I'm trying to phase these out again).

I'm 28 and have never had any serious health issues. The most extreme thing I've ever had was my Tonsils Removed. Other than that, I get blood work done about once a year to ensure everything is as it should be, and I've never had anything 'out of whack'.

I'm 5'8" (slightly above average for a Caucasian female) so being raised on a Vegan diet definitely didn't stunt my growth or development. With that being said, I wouldn't assume there were any negative health implications of a largely Vegan/Vegetarian diet since birth, in my case at least.

Additionally, Loma Linda, California is considered the "healthiest" city in America (it's residents also have a longer lifespan on average than anywhere else in the U.S.) This has been put down to the fact that over 50% of the residents are Seventh Day Adventists. For the most part, most Seventh Day Adventists are Vegetarians, Don't Smoke and Don't Drink. So, read into that as you will. The majority of my extended family is Seventh Day Adventist, and so far, most of the older members of my family are well beyond the average U.S and Australian life expectancy. Again, take it as you will.

But I say a Vegan/ Vegetarian diet is a just fine way to go. I plan on raising my children as Vegans if/when I have them.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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Vegan children have the best diets, in my opinion. People worry about protein. I don't know anyone who doesn't get enough protein. I eat pecans, oats, soy products, almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, soy burgers, drink nut milks, etc. B=12 supplements come cherry flavored, and can be slipped into a childs milk (vegan milk). B-12 is added to a lot of things these days. Methylcobalamin is the best form of B-12 to take. Meat is NOT good for anyone but true carnivores. What human parent has gone out, grabbed a chicken, killed it, and brought it home for junior to eat RAW ??? But that's another debate for another time. Meat eaters are wrong if they think that a vegan diet is bad. Google vegan athletes.
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