According to the American Dietetic Association “Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life-cycle including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.”
It is well supported that we do not need to eat animal products to be healthy, and recently the vegan diet has been shown to provide some health benefits.
Animal-based foods tend to be high in saturated fats and cholesterol, while plant based foods contain more unsaturated fats and very little cholesterol. This one fact has significant implications for your health and the health of your family.
A 2006 study1 has found that a low fat diet was an effective tool for type 2 diabetes. It was found to be more effective than the American Diabetes Association guidelines at reducing cardiovascular risk factors and improving glycemic control.
A 2001 study2 suggests that a vegan, gluten free diet has some benefit to patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
More and more studies each year are highlighting the link between increased meat consumption and many different types of cancer3,4.
2Hafstrom et al. (2001). A vegan diet free of gluten improves the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: the effects on arthritis correlate with a reduction in antibodies to food antigens. Rheumatology 40(10).