On Monday, broadcast news outlet ABC 7 Chicago aired a special segment on raising vegan children, demonstrating that many young vegans thrive on a plant-based diet. According to the segment, veganism has become a hot-button issue in the media, with many blogs and editorials cautioning against the potentially harmful—and even fatal—consequences of vegan parenting. Chicago-based pediatric dietitian Lara Field acknowledges that an improperly planned vegan diet can lead to vitamin deficiencies, but debunks the notion that vegan parenting is inherently unsafe, saying, “I think there’s a lot of alarmists out there about everything, and I think with proper balance it can work out … In a natural sense, a vegan diet is a wonderful choice.”
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