Vegetarians Need The Right Vitamin Combination

About 2% of American kids ages six to seventeen do not eat meat.

Whether it is a social issue, or the taste, there is no reason for parents to panic.

When Greg and Paul decided to give up meat, their mother was not happy.

She did not want to prepare different meals at night to accommodate her newfound vegetarian children.

Pediatric dietician Marilyn Tanner says there are specific vitamins and food combinations vegetarians need for growth and brain development.

She said, "Calcium and vitamin D, your zinc, your iron protein and your B12."

Foods that appeal to kids include veggie burgers and hot dogs.

Soy milk fortified with vitamin D and calcium is also a good bet.

Yeast flakes are an easy way to add B12 to your child's diet.

And while veggies, like spinach, provide a punch of zinc and iron, parents should pair it with vitamin C rich fruits and veggies to enhance absorption.

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