Healthy Veggie Kids

Every nutrient a child or teenager needs and how to get it

Cut your kids' risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity

A guide for parents showing why vegetarian & vegan diets are health-giving, nourishing and protective for children.

By Juliet Gellatley, founder & director, Viva! & VVF, nutritional therapist with Laura Scott MSc Nutrition

World Turned Upside Down!

Just imagine if you read of a diet that produced these headlines:

"Heart disease rates tumble! 40,000 heart patients taken off critical list - misery lifted for relatives and friends. Top heart surgeon says most heart ops avoidable."

"Cancer deaths slump!"

"Millions taken off 'fatty' list."

"Diabetes figures fall for first time."

"Food poisoning cases tumble - records no longer worth maintaining."

What diet could it possibly be? That's easy! The same diet that children should be eating now so they enjoy good health throughout their lives - a well-balanced vegan or vegetarian diet.

If statistics were reversed and most of the population became vegan or vegetarian, these headlines could be accurate. Unbelievable isn't it? The scientific evidence to justify them is there in abundance and this guide will show just how strong it is.

"People stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."

Sir Winston Churchill

One thing is certain, research showing that a meat-based diet reduces cancer risk or cuts heart disease by up to a half doesn't exist. It does for vegan and vegetarian diets. One by one, the world's leading health advisory bodies have confirmed that avoiding animal products and eating plenty of unrefined plant foods is the way to avoid - or at least greatly reduce - the risk of many diseases, and that includes the growing threat from obesity.

"Although human beings eat meat, we are not natural carnivores. No matter how much fat carnivores eat, they do not develop atherosclerosis [clogged up arteries].

When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores."

Dr WC Roberts, Editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology

So what's all this got to do with your littl'uns - those fussy eaters, messy eaters, must-havechips- with-everything eaters? Every leading health advisory body is saying the same thing - what you feed your children today will determine their health in the future. And it isn't going to change because the science is now just too overwhelming. But fear not! By opening this guide, you've already taken the first step in the right direction. It will take you through the science, much of which may be new to you. Why? Because of the power of the vested interests who profit from meat, fish and dairy. If you think we're exaggerating, remember the tobacco industry. The damage that smoking does to human health has been known since the 1950's but it took decades before serious action was taken against it.  


  1. Healthy Veggie Kids
  2. What's a Vegetarian or Vegan?
  3. What Foods Should Children Eat?
  4. What Foods Do Children Eat?
  5. Left Unprotected
  6. Eat Veggie - Live Longer
  7. What You Should Eat Each Day to Get Fit and Feel Good!
  8. Lethal Double Whammy
  9. Veggie Kids are Healthier
  10. Every Nutrient a Child Needs and How to Get It
  11. 5 A DAY For Kids: How Much Do They Need?
  12. Winning Tips for 5 A DAY for Kids
  13. Recipe Ideas
  14. What You Need and Where You Get It
  15. Animal-free Food Pyramid
  16. How Animal Products Affect Children
  17. How Animal Products Affect Adults
  18. Children's Eating Habits
  19. Conclusions

Juliet Gellatley BSc, Dip CNM, Dip DM, FNTP, NTCC

Juliet has a degree in zoology and is a qualified nutritional therapist. She founded and directs Viva! and Viva! Health and is an authority on vegan health and nutrition.

She is the mum of twin sons (Jazz and Finn left and on the cover!) and understands the challenges involved in helping kids be healthy eaters!

She has given hundreds of public talks on all the vegetarian issues and is author of several books and reports.