Monday, October 1, 2012

Protein for Babies and Kids

Ian and I have been trying to find information on raising a healthy vegan baby lately. All is well while she is getting most of her nutrients from breast milk (this baby, 10 months today, still loves to nurse), but when we move to only 1-2 breastfeeding sessions a day in a few months, we're going to have to be more intentional with her diet to make sure she is getting everything she needs.

I was happy to find this post on Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Kitchen today, which discusses in detail some myths about the amount of protein that humans need, and where we can actually find sources of protein.

Infographic originally posted here.
I especially like the above visual. One ounce of meat has approximately 7 grams of protein, so it's easy to do the math here. Deena Burton cites the following approximate protein amounts necessary for vegan babies and kids:
  • Ages 1 to 3 years: 10-13 grams/day
  • Ages 4 to 13 years: 19-34 grams/day
  • Ages 14 to 18 years: 34-50 grams/day

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