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What it is: The most extreme form of vegetarianism, veganism prohibits people from consuming any animal products or byproducts. This means no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, or various fats.

Why it's good: As with a vegetarian diet, the vegan lifestyle reduces one's risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It also teaches little ones to appreciate animals and all they do for the earth.

Why it may not be for your child: In addition to the nutrients vegetarian children miss out on, vegan kids have a tough time getting their daily dose of calcium and vitamin B12, which play an important role in bone and brain development, respectfully. In some severe cases, vegan children have suffered from malnutrition and lost their lives.

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