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Would you raise your kid to be vegetarian?

  1. michelletandoc

    I'm currently running a poll on my blog,, on whether or not you would want to raise your kid(s) to be vegetarian. Would love to know what people think. Thanks for your thoughts and your vote!

    Vote here:

  2. No, I believe based on human evolution that our teeth, the fact that we are omnivorous, our jaw and digestive system design allow for us to eat meat. Also its important to know that we aren't built to eat meat all the time. Though, it's arguable whether or not humans are meant to eat meat due the fact that humans unlike most meat eaters in the animal kingdom don't have claws, digestive enzymes in their saliva and weaker stomach acid.
    With all that said, I would not raise my future children to be vegetarians, I would include a health meal of both meats and vegetables and fruits. The vegan community is trying to us this issue as a way to promote vegan-ism, they need to just let humans be humans. Our evolutionary ancestors ate both meat and vegetables, are certain ancestors were not able to hunt effectively so they were forced to eat nothing else but meat. And, if humans weren't meant to eat meat, then our ancestors wouldn't have eaten meat in the first place. I don't believe in introduce kids to a lifestyle that isn't natural to our physiological behaviors :P

  3. Bacon exists, therefore it's foolish to be a vegetarian.

  4. Well, that makes complete sense. If I was a vegan, the smell of bacon would make me eat meat :D

  5. Oh, I'd definitely raise my kids to be vegetarian. The meat is sweeter that way.

  6. I don't recall the source but there was some British research done that suggested that a child's IQ predicts his or her likelihood of becoming a vegetarian later on in life. The smarter the child, the more likely they will become vegertarian. SOmething to chew on...

  7. Well foodhere Its good to find out IQ tests are useful for something. Wondering if the British researchers were meat eaters or not.

  8. I really doubt that research--"suggests" is such a fuzzy word; I'm sure they found a "correlation" or something equally wishy-washy.

    I don't eat meat, but I wouldn't force them to never eat it themselves. Not cooking it inside the house, ever, though. (Also, I might pitch the sustainability argument as well as a generic hatred of plants to them.)

  9. Also P.S. it can be perfectly healthy. Ever notice that vegetarians don't seem to get mad cow disease as often? And certain greens and beans are better sources of metabolizable protein than even red meat, minus the fat.

  10. The thing is you cannot force anyone to be a vegetarian or otherwise. My friend introduced her son to vegetables early, and he likes them and sometimes when we go out to eat, he will order a salad instead of a hamburger and other times he will order a hamburger or a chicken or whatever. He also asks many times if he can have a salad with his hamburger. My cousin who lives smack in the middle of beef country, and raises cattle has a daughter and a son that from a very early age ate little meat or chicken and now that they are grown, they are almost completely vegetarian.

    Not all kids are alike, just like not all adults are alike. I've found over the years that if I eat mostly vegetables and just a little meat, chicken or fish I feel better and I used to be very big on meat and "taters." The changeover for me was one that happened naturally and not somthing I planned. I simply listen to my body and every once in a while it wants a big steak, but that is seldom now.

  11. Yes, but unfortunately we named him Big Mac.

  12. I'm gonna raise my kids as veggies, and eat all their meat ya ha ho ho

  13. i wouldn't raise them to be vegetarian or catholic or anything else that is lifestyle choice that develops after a lifetime of experience.

    i would rather try to raise my children to be open minded, and will try to expose them to lots of ideas. i feel that it is "brainwashing" in a sense when innocent children have beliefs instilled in them simply because their parents have them. Thats not to say that we shouldn't teach children to be nice to other people, but very specific beliefs should be left to individual discovery.

    that being said i don't have children so who knows where i'll stand on that in the future.

  14. Not for me. I find it fascinating that certain theories state that when our ancestors moved from a largely vegetarian style of diet to a meat eating diet, that our brains became more powerful.

    Plus, I'm a sucker for all of those poor, innocent plants that you veggies and vegans slaghter for your personal consumption. :-)

    (that last sentence is a joke)

  15. Oh I am definitely trying to kill those plants...all of them. :D

    I've seen that theory too, the idea is that the increase in protein consumption provided enough energy to really go with it. But, considering the entire nature of modern availability, it's not really doing anything anymore.

  16. you need b12. vegan diets can't provide this vital nutrient. ergo, nay on my kids being vegan. we're not meant to be taking supplements to the yin yang.

  17. beautifulfallacy

    Hmm. Currently myself and my partner are both veggies, and this is an interesting question that I have occasionally given some thought to (although we don't currently have children or plan to in the too near future).

    To be honest, on one hand I really don't see myself suddenly piling meat into my shopping trolley as soon as I had produced offspring. Maybe meat 'flavour' baby foods, the jury is still out on that one. But for one thing, I haven't eaten meat in over six years, and by that time it will probably have been a lot longer. I have no recollection of how to cook or prepare any meat-containing meals, and my nervousness about under cooking the meat and giving my child food poisoning would be a practical hinderance to feeding them meat.

    I am aware that babies and children need to get all the necessary nutrients in order to grow and be healthy, and so in all honesty I think that I would consult with my doctor about what I was feeding them, and if the doctor was able to formulate with me a 'diet plan' or some such for the growing child then with this in mind and making sure they get regular check ups with the doctor, I see no reason to raise them on meat, which would also me uneconomical since we would be preparing various different meals for the two veggies and one meat eater in the house.

    Saying this, when they got to school age, if they got curious about what the other kids were eating for lunch etc, I would allow them to try what they wanted to. It's their decision after all, and making things contraband to children is only going to make them sneak off and gorge themselves on whatever they aren't allowed.

    It would be their choice as they grew old enough to make that choice, but from a moral or ethical standpoint, I don't see any difference in the physical or emotional welfare of the child for them to be raised in a meat-free environment, provided they are getting all the nutrition they need, and are allowed to make choices as the time arises.

  18. no i wont... i dont need scientists to prove that one can survive on vegetarian food.

  19. definitely, a big YES. me and my fiancee are both vegans and we plan to raise our kids vegetarian/ vegan. ;)

  20. mitchelllamamama

    I am a vegetarian (ovo-lacto), and have been for many years. I also have three children, who I chose not to raise as vegetarians. I feel it's a choice, and they can and should make that choice as an informed decision. If I was vegetarian for serious religious (or maybe even political) reasons, I might have made a different choice. I was vegetarian through my pregnancies, never a problem because of it. I do cook meat for the kids and hubby, it doesn't bother me. I just don't eat it. The kids know Mama won't eat anything that's been "meatified."

    My youngest decided last summer (at the age of 7) she wanted to be vegetarian, and followed through for about a month. Then she asked if she could change her mind. No problem, and she knows she can change her mind back anytime she wants to.

  21. If huming beans were meant to be vegetarians they would be planted in rows not born in the supermarket waiting for the paramedics

  22. No meat and high IQ? Who cares about high IQ. Most people that I have met with a high IQ usually have problems coping with the real world. I'd rather have an IQ of 100 while eating pulled pork and steak. Me dumb but me know what taste good.

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