lunedì 10 settembre 2007

UN PO' DI INFORMAZIONI PER GLI SCETTICI

Siccome uno dei commenti fa riferimento al mio post e alla dieta vegetariana per bambini, allora vorrei inserire solo una parte di un articolo tratto dal sito dei Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (pcrm.org), cosi' e' scritto da medici e non mi si puo dire niente. Incoraggio poi, nuovamente, ad informarsi e a leggere nuove ricerche uscite su varie riviste mediche americane e non che, x esempio, collegano diversi tipi di cancro al latte, e ce ne sono decine di altri che ovviamente i media non riportano (e so di prima mano come le lobbies dei produttori di latte e latticini, nonche' di carne hanno un potere incredibile nei confronti di quello che viene dato in pasto al pubblico). Per cui una dieta vegetariana ha molti piu' vantaggi futuri per un bambino che una dieta onnivora (guardacaso, da quando la carne e' diventata cibo quotidiano nel mondo occidentale, il numero di tumori, diabete, angine, colesterolo alto etc etc e' diventato incrdibile, persino nei bambini!!! INFORMATEVI per favore!!!!
Poco piu' di 500 anni fa Galileo Galilei era considerato un pazzo per le sue teorie che si scontravano con la "verita' " asserita dagli scienziati del tempo e dalla chiesa. Leggete ed informatevi, raccogliete informazioni indipendentemente da cio' che vi hanno insegnato in passato e che leggete sulle riviste che trovate in edicola.
Comunque, ecco qui:

Encouraging children to eat well, right from the start, will have a positive impact on them in the future, affecting health, weight, and need for medical treatments. Unfortunately, with the mixed messages we hear from the media, obtaining accurate information on nutrition can present a challenge.
In May 1998, the seventh edition of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care was published. In it, Dr. Spock recommends a vegan diet for children. This sparked a long overdue discussion about the scientific and practical issues of optimal diets for children. In response, this document was prepared by a panel of nutritionists to address three main areas: the advantages of vegetarian and vegan diets, the safety of vegan diets, and planning meals for children.

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Safety of Vegan Diets
Given these advantages, does evidence show that vegan diets adequately meet the nutritional needs of children? The answer is clearly yes. According to the American Dietetic Association’s position paper on vegetarian diets, “Appropriately planned vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth.”
In one study, pediatric developmental tests in vegetarian children indicated mental age advanced over a year beyond chronological age, and mean IQ was well above average (with an average of 116 points), providing reassurance that brain development is normal.
Most parents find it easy to plan a vegan diet that is adequate in protein, calories, vitamins and minerals. Following a vegan diet has been made easier in recent years since vegetarian products fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 are available in most food stores. For example, fortified Tropicana-brand orange juice contains 350 milligrams of calcium per eight-ounce serving, with a 36 to 38 percent absorption fraction according to the manufacturer, compared with a 32 percent absorption rate from cow’s milk.34 Orange juice also supplies good amounts of folic acid, vitamin C, and phytochemicals, with no fat or cholesterol. Vegetarian hot dogs, burgers, fortified soy and rice milks, vegetarian deli slices, and other meat analogs are also readily available.
Calorie, protein, and all other nutrient needs can be easily met by a vegan diet, supplemented with vitamin B12.
Calcium—Some of the best vegan sources are fortified soy or rice milk, fortified cranberry, orange, or apple juice, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, tofu processed with calcium sulfate, and tempeh. Calcium absorption from these foods has been shown to be excellent.34
Vitamin D—Vitamin D is normally produced within the body after sunlight exposure to the skin. If children do not get regular sun exposure or live in northern areas, fortified foods and supplements (such as any common multivitamin) are available.
Protein—A diet drawn from varied plant sources easily satisfies protein requirements, providing all essential amino acids, even without intentional combining or “protein complementing” as long as calorie intake is also adequate. Good protein sources include cooked beans, tofu, soy yogurt, tempeh, seitan, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
Calories—Concern has been expressed that the increased bulk provided by certain foods in the vegan diet will cause a child to feel full before he has consumed enough calories. Including some refined grained products and peeled, cooked vegetables can reduce the bulkiness of meals. Nuts and seed butters, avocados, dried fruits, and added fats (e.g., vegetable oils) can provide additional concentrated calories without bulk.
Vitamin B12—Produced by microorganisms in the small intestines of humans and animals, vitamin B12 made by humans is not well absorbed and retained. Plant foods contain little of this nutrient. However, it can be easily obtained from vitamin B12 fortified breakfast cereals (Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Grape-Nuts, Total, Product 19), fortified soymilk, nutritional yeast (Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula), B12 fortified meat analogs, or any common multivitamin. When reading labels, look for the words “cyanocobalamin” or “cobalamin” in the ingredient list. These are the most absorbable forms of vitamin B12.
Iron—Diets consisting of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, and nuts provide adequate iron.35-40 Consuming foods rich in vitamin C, such as orange juice, with iron-rich foods enhances the absorption of iron. Some foods are naturally rich in both iron and vitamin C, such as broccoli, Swiss chard, and other dark green leafy vegetables. Other good iron sources include iron-fortified cereals, enriched bread, pasta, rice, soybeans, chickpeas, and blackstrap molasses. Dairy products are extremely low in iron and may interfere with iron balance, especially in very small children.
Zinc—Good sources include legumes, nuts, and zinc fortified breakfast cereals (Bran, etc.....)

Per il resto dell'articolo, questo e' il link.:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/vegetarian_kids.html

Open your mind, and you might see the truth.
M.

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