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Healthy Vegan Children

Real Vegan Children

Some women stop being vegan when they become pregnant, because either they or their doctors think a vegan cannot have a healthy pregnancy. On the contrary, as long as pregnant women, infants, and children are getting a reliable source of vitamin B12, they typically thrive on a vegan diet.

Mothers of the children below were vegan during pregnancy, and the kids have been vegan since birth.

For more information on healthy eating during pregnancy, see Pregnancy, Infants, & Children.

Ellen – Tucson, AZ

Ellen at 5 months

Ellen at 10 years and Sunny at about 2 years

Ellen at 7 years

Ellen at 14 years (4th from left)
Ellen is currently a happy, enthusiastic tenth grader, with an IQ over 140 (higher than either parent). Taking honor and AP classes, she gets straight-As at the city’s top high school (last term was all A+s). She already has three varsity letters, running on two regional championship cross-country teams, and the 2009 regional championship 4×800 team. She also qualified for the state championships in the 3200 as a 9th grader. From an article written by family friend Frank French in 2001 for his local paper:

Ellen is a healthy, very bright 7-year-old, who holds a Red belt in Tae Kwan Do, and describes herself as “happy, cheerful, funny, and I love animals.”

But Ellen has never had a Big Mac, a chocolate milk shake, a Dairy Queen, a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a dinner of Lake Michigan perch, a Milky Way bar, or even a bowl of Jell-O. Because since her birth, along with her parents Matt Ball and Anne Green, she has lived as a vegan.

I asked if Ellen questions them about why she doesn’t eat the kinds of food her friends eat. [Ellen’s mom] Anne said no, but later asked Ellen if she did have any questions about those foods:

Ellen: No.

Anne: Do you want to eat those things?

Ellen: NO WAY!

Anne: Why?

Ellen: Because animals have to suffer.

Anne: What if you don’t know those animals?

Ellen: Doesn’t matter.

Read Ellen’s thoughts on being a vegan kid.

Read more about Real Vegan Children here


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