Many people support the vegan diet, and they prefer to be lifetime vegan.
But, a recent study by Belgium’s Royal Academy of Medicine, says something different. According to the statement, pregnant mothers and mothers of young children and teens should avoid vegan diet because it creates “unavoidable” nutritional shortcomings that is the reason for vitamin deficiencies, stunted development, and more.
A vegan diet cuts out meat, dairy, and eggs, and suggests plants, beans, legumes, and whole grains. The statement, published online last week shows, only 3 percent of Belgian children follow a vegan diet. The statement called the diet “restrictive.”
The Royal Academy of Medicine is an advisory agency to Belgium’s government. Georges Casimir, M.D., a pediatrician at Queen Fabiola Children’s Hospital, headed the commission appointed to do proper research on veganism and issue guidance on the diet.
He said that a vegan diet does an “irreversible” harms to pregnant women, children, and teens who follow it, a vegan diet is insufficient in providing proteins and essential fatty acids which is very necessary for brain development.
He also said in a statement that it can be difficult to get vitamins D and B12 when you follow a vegan diet.
Statement co-author Isabelle Thiebaut also adds that “weight-loss and psychomotor delays, undernutrition, and anemia” that are the effects of a vegan diet. The academy suggests, when you decide (parents and children) to follow this diet you should take supplements and go for regular check-ups.
A Mediterranean diet could help those people who are confused about what to do to split the difference. This diet focuses on lean meat and fish and is heavy on plant-based nutrients such as legumes and whole grains.
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