Magazine article Work & Family Life

If Your Teen Says, 'Now I'm a Vegetarian. . .'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If Your Teen Says, 'Now I'm a Vegetarian. . .'

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An estimated 400,000 U.S. teenagers have become vegetarians, with girls much more likely than boys to make this choice. This is a concern for many parents. Is it a phase? Will a meatless diet provide enough protein and iron?

A survey of 5,000 middle and high school students reported in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that vegetarian kids ate more fruits and vegetables and less junk food than non-vegetarians, bven so, athe decision to go veggie is important and should involve parents as well as children.

Suzanne Havala Hobbs of the University of North Carolina's School of Public Health offers these suggestions:

Take this opportunity to learn more about nutrition. For example: grains, vegetables, beans and nuts supply protein. Dried fruit and beans supply iron. Tofu and fortified orange juice provide calcium. …

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