How To Transition Your Child To A Vegan Diet

    By Nature's Dynamics

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” – Definition of Veganism, The Vegan Society

The term vegan was first introduced to the world in 1944 by Donald Watson, who also co-founded the Vegan Society in England. The doctrine to encourage humans to live without the exploitation of animals only recently became popular in the early 2000s, but with the countless revelations of chronic animal abuse across multiple industries, the number of vegans across the world has skyrocketed in recent years. In addition, many vegans pass their beliefs onto their children, in hopes of inspiring future generations to respect all forms of life.

Vegans avoid all food products sourced from beef, poultry, pork, seafood, eggs, dairy, types of fowl, or virtually any other animal product. With the avoidance of animal products, many vegans find themselves and their children consuming a higher amount of fiber, folic acid, iron, phytochemicals, and select vitamins. At the same time, they often lack in omega-3 fatty acids and various vitamins and minerals. Due to this fact, many doctors and researchers recommend that vegans, and especially their growing children, should eat fortified foods or invest in a supplement.

For example, calcium is needed to maintain and facilitate bone health as well as regulate several metabolic functions, but this nutrient is often lacking in vegan diets. A 2007 report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegans have a significantly higher risk of bone fractures when compared to meat eaters and vegetarians, likely due to their reduced dietary calcium intake.

Fish OilOmega-3 fatty acids and ALA (Alpha linolenic acid) are other vital nutrients that are unintentionally avoided by those following a vegan diet. Omega-3 fatty acids play a large role in cardiovascular health, as well as cognitive health. ALA, which contains polyphenols, may provide antioxidant benefits as well.

Regardless, a well planned vegan diet can still have numerous health benefits when supplemented correctly to fill in any nutrient gaps. In fact, following a vegan diet can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease!

On the other hand, finding the right multivitamin to supplement nutrients missing from your diet may prove to be a difficult task.

Finding a vegan multivitamin may be as simple as conducting a Google search, but upon further investigation, the synthetic ingredients stand out like a sore thumb on the product’s ingredients panel. These may not be produced from animals (for the most part), but the same principle of strict adherence to consuming a product that is naturally available and the smartest choice for our bodies still applies.

Until recently, the only way to get these highly bioavailable nutrients instead of through synthetic isolated vitamins was to eat whole foods, and lots of them. On paper this may not seem difficult, but with the development of Western cuisine, subsequent rise in consumer nutrient deficiencies, and general pickiness of children when it comes to eating vegetables, it is becoming increasingly obvious that dietary supplements for vegans are a necessity.

Synthetic lab created vitamins were first mass produced to aid in war-time efforts during the first half of the 19th century. Soldiers were often limited to nonperishable food products while in hostile areas, and as a result were not receiving vital nutrients needed to be in good health. Thus, synthetic vitamins were mass produced to support our military. Unfortunately, after the wars ended, the practice of creating synthetic isolated vitamins in a lab remained.

The problem with continuing this method of creating vitamins and minerals is that the product that’s ultimately consumed is severely lacking in important cofactors and co-nutrients. These are the nutrients found alongside vitamins and minerals within whole foods that aid in the absorption, metabolism, and function of consumed nutrients. Without these co-nutrients, synthetic isolated vitamins may not be sufficiently absorbed and could end up in the bloodstream, causing various forms of toxicity.

In 2006, a revolutionary product hit the nutrition and supplement market. This product would pave the road for the world’s first certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten, soy & dairy free gummy multivitamin for kids sourced from whole foods, free of pesticides and synthetic ingredients.

Berry Garden Gummies for Kids by Nature’s Dynamics hit the market with full force and became an instant favorite in homes everywhere. As a matter of fact, parents were overjoyed when their children would ask for their vitamins. Parents also found it difficult to be mad when catching their children sneaking gummies like cookies from a jar!

Researchers and scientists all agree that that vitamins and minerals are most effective in their natural plant form, surrounded by their cofactors and co-nutrients. By sourcing ingredients from organic whole foods, Nature’s Dynamics supplies those important co-nutrients in abundance to aid in the metabolism and function of the various vitamins and minerals.

feature image no linesAfter ten years of R&D, and following the release and undeniable success of over fifteen different products, Nature’s Dynamics has now expanded this science to include YOU, the vegan market.

By sourcing their gelling agent, pectin, from certified organic apples, Nature’s Dynamics is able to present Vegan Garden Gummies Kids Organic Multivitamin,  the world’s first certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten, soy & dairy free gummy multivitamin for kids sourced from whole foods, free of pesticides and synthetic ingredients!

The opportunity is finally here to expand the vegan movement to your child and future generations!

 


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