clw_uk wrote:Also does anyone know if it's healthy to take meat out of a growing child's diet?
That all depends.
If the meat is the only form of protein in the child's diet and the meat is not replaced by a plant-based protein source - then no.
If the meat has been replaced with vegetable forms of protein - then the diet is going to be far healthier.
Its a mistake to believe that meat offers the best source of protein - it doesn't. As Aloka mentioned above - there have been long traditions of vegetarian and vegan cuisine throughout the world and those peoples were not deficient. There is also a lot of misinformation about the amount of protein we need. Most people in the West eat an over-abundance of protein and that includes vegans and (ovo-lacto) vegetarians.
In fact, putting a "growing" child on a wholefoods plant-based diet ensures the child has reduced risk of the vast majority of chronic illnesses and diseases including cardio-vascular disease, many forms of cancer, and others. See here
I have been on a wholefoods plant-based (vegan) diet for around five weeks now and it has been one of the best things I have done. Ethically, it is consistent with Buddhist morality, it is environmentally more sustainable, but the kicker for me is that it is one of the best things I can do for my own mental and physical health. And the body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence that supports the healthful properties of a wholefoods plant-based diet is huge and extremely convincing.