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Meet the meat-free Hong Kong parents on a vegan mission

LAUREN JAMES: ‘Emily Sim, an Australian, runs the Facebook group Veg Parents Hong Kong, which she set up not long after moving to the city with her husband in 2015 – just before Henry was born. She is one of a number of local parents proving that children can thrive as vegetarians or vegans, even in a city where meat- or dairy-free options aren’t easy to spot on menus. The group is a source of information and tip-sharing for its 350 members, who swap recipes, ideas for meat substitution, and advice on the best places to buy food, and also organise meat-free social events… Sim is used to questions about her son’s health. “Often, when people find out Henry is vegan, they’ll be shocked. There’s a misconception that he’s neglected and malnourished,” she says. “But I tell people that organisations around the world, like the American Association of Dieticians, state that a vegan diet is healthy for all stages of life”… 

The family sees a dietitian every six months and Sim says the check-ups are for peace of mind, as she is confident that her son is flourishing. “I know more about nutrition than many other parents because I’ve done so much reading. I wouldn’t raise him vegan unless I was 100 per cent sure it was safe and healthy. And we know that it is”… The World Health Organisation recommends a plant-based diet rich in vegetables and warns against processed meat, while doctors say babies can be raised safely on a meat-free diet if parents make sure they’re getting enough nutrients’. SOURCE…

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