Is Raw Veganism Dangerous for your Kids?

After being on a 'raw vegan' diet for about 3 years Holly Paige started wondering if she had made the right decision.
She felt that her kids were behind on the growth curve and just did not look healthy in her eyes, 'stick-thin legs and rotten teeth made her think again'.
Holly Paige who also writes Raw Cuisine, Food for Conciousness shares her experience with Natasha Mann in How our vegan diet made us ill (The Independent UK).

The article points to the lack or low level of Vitamin D provided by a Raw Vegan Diet and mentions the case of a 12 year old vegan girl in Scotland admitted to the hospital with a degenerative bone condition.
The case is detailed in Parents of ill vegan girl may face police by Mark Macaskill (Times Online UK, June 8).
According to the piece she "has been fed on a strict meat and dairy-free diet from birth, is said to have a severe form of rickets and to have suffered a number of fractured bones" and "the spine of an 80-year-old woman".
They point that "the condition is caused by a lack of vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium and is found in liver, oily fish and dairy produce. Decalcification leads to the bones becoming brittle and can cause curvature of the spine".

These cases remind us that as in everything, thinking it through, not being excessive or doctrinal about what we eat is important...especially when it concerns newborn children and toddlers.

End of the scary food stories for Green Day #32

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