A: A well-balanced vegan diet is safe and healthy for any stage of life, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and during pregnancy. Plant-based diets can easily provide all essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that growing children and mothers-to-be need. Simply have a variety of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits, and be sure to include a daily source of vitamin B12, such as any common multiple vitamin. Plant-based diets have many important health advantages: Vegans enjoy a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Since eating habits are established in early childhood, choosing a vegan diet can give your child the opportunity to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods—and to carry those healthy eating habits into adulthood.
Aug 7, 2017
Dr. Michael Greger, of Nutritionfacts.org fame, recently posted a series of videos about levels of arsenic in rice. My takeaways: 1) rice from California & Asia has lower arsenic (avoid rice from southern states of USA) 2) when cooking, boil rice like pasta & drain excess water* 3) vary the grains you eat * I follow Jeff Novick's fool-proof cooking method: In an uncovered pot with generous amount of water, boil brown rice for 30 minutes. Drain it. Place rice back in pot, covered & off of stove burner, for 10 minutes. (I love the popcorn-like smell of cooking rice!)