Evolution. By definition, biologically, is defined as ‘change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.

The recent increase in climate change awareness has increased a global shift towards plant-based diets which have become identified as critical in helping reduce and preventing climate breakdown.

Did you know in January 2021 that high-profile international scientific journal EMBO Molecular Medicine published results from a recent study, which showed that Vegan diets are continually gaining in popularity especially among young adults, and through the choices of the families vegan diets are becoming more common in young children, too?

Through this, and recent challenges like COVID, have brought about a shift and lift in consciousness. One of the many changes includes that many of us, children included, are choosing to eat less or no meat and animal products as we become more sensitive to our environment and what it means when we eat animals.

However, the choices for families choosing vegetarian or vegan diets for their children have been rife with criticism which is what we’re here to discuss today with our special guest, Sarah Smith, Dietitian from Bayside Dietetics.

Sarah works in private practice in Bayside Melbourne after working for an extended period within a Monash Children’s Hospital.

We ask Sarah questions including:

  1. What are some of the key findings from this study?
  2. What should parents make of these findings?
  3. What should parents be aware of should they wish for their children to live on a vegan diet?
  4. Where do vegans get their protein from?
  5. How can kids thrive on a vegan diet? No doubt this requires a lot of planning?
  6. Do you think that the more we have access to information and advice as to how we can eat healthily on plant-based diets the more people would be likely to give it a go?

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