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I spoke to a nutritionist who I'd never go back to go again, she gave my hubby a lecture that you should not raise children vegan because they lack certain amino acids that can only be found in animal based products (something about a certain amino acids needed from 0-10 years of age) I wanted to know what ones and how else I can get them. I really do not want to do anything to put them in harm. Any advice would be great.
 

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Did she specify what amino acids? Or did she just say "certain" ones? Some nutritionist, humph... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:">
 

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Did she specify what amino acids? Or did she just say "certain" ones? Some nutritionist, humph... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"></div>
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she said one but for the life of me can not remember <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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'lack' - no. She probably had something in mind, but in trying to make her case overstated herself.<br><br>
The book Raising Vegan Children in a Nonvegan World has mostly good reviews: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRaising-Vegan-Children-Non-Vegan-World%2Fdp%2F0972510206" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Vegan-.../dp/0972510206</a><br><br>
I'm not sure what the 'nutritionist' was getting at. None of the essential amino acids are 'animal product'-available only.<br><br>
An aside: why are mothers raising vegan or vegetarian kids consistently told they have to be super ultra careful to provide an ideal diet while moms with omni kids are not held to quite so high an ideal? Little Jimmy refuses to eat anything but soda crackers? Don't sweat it if he's omni. But raising a lil vegan? Horrors.
 

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All essential amino acids (the building blocks or proteins) are found in vegan foods, though to varying degrees. For adults, there are 9 essential amino acids. Children require 3 more amino acids because the pathways to produce these amino acids are not yet developed until they're older. These are cysteine, tyrosine and arginine. (See e.g. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_amino_acids" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_amino_acids</a> )<br><br>
veganhealth.org has some good info on protein / amino acids, and on children's nutrition in general, but I can't find anything specific on protein / amino acids for children:<br><a href="http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/protein#table3" target="_blank">http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/protein#table3</a><br>
(The table doesn't distinguish between methionine and cysteine, or between phenylalanine and tyrosine, and there are no numbers for arginine.)<br><br>
The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada have stated that a well-planned vegan diet is healthful and appropriate for all ages and stages of life including pregnancy, lactation, infancy etc. See e.g. here:<br><a href="http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8357" target="_blank">http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8357</a><br>
(If you download the PDF it has specific recommendations for infants, children and adolescents.)
 

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It sounds like the big issue was with your nutritionist, not with the vegan lifestyle. It's not surprising considering <a href="http://smallbites.andybellatti.com/?p=7279" target="_blank">the culture of lies and half truths nutritionists are pushing these days</a>.<br><br>
I'm not an expert on individual amino acids but I've read many reliable studies including the ones posted above my post that indicate children of all ages can get more than adequate nutrition from a well planned vegan diet. You should try finding a more vegan friendly RD or nutritionist and asking them for info because the average nutritionist these days is likely to see veganism as a "red flag" for no particular logical reason.
 
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