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Babies On Vegetarian, Vegan Diets

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bethenny-frankel-3-500.jpg Bethenny Frankel, best known for appearing on the reality series, "The Real Housewives of New York," and for her wildly-successful Skinnygirl Brand Margarita and Sangria drinks, has decided to raise her daughter Bryn as a vegetarian, even though Bethenny isn’t one! This comes in light of recent news that a Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld murder convictions against an Atlanta couple who allowed their six-week-old baby to starve to death by feeding their son a strict vegan diet.

Frankel says she tries to eat a vegetarian diet, but she will eat meat if she's really craving it, or it's the only thing around. According to a recent blog post, Frankel hopes her daughter will enjoy a veggie-based diet. . “Health is a very important part of my life. I’m not obsessive and I don’t believe in extremes, but I typically choose the healthier option, specifically when it comes to my family, my fans, and most importantly what we put into our mouths. When I took on the responsibility of Bryn’s diet, it took some planning and consideration, but mostly common sense. I knew she wouldn’t be a children’s-menu child, either. I often see 13-year-olds who only eat pizza or pasta noodles with butter, and so many other adolescents who are picky about food. Food can be such a great passion, a conversation piece, a part of traveling to different places and an overall connection to others,” she says.

I completely understand not wanting your kids to eat the starchy, sugary staples found on most fast-food restaurant menus, but where’s the healthy beef? Unfortunately, Frankel doesn’t see that the foods she should be avoiding aren’t the healthy animal proteins, but simple carbohydrates. And, I believe it’s not seeing such facts that led to the unfortunate death and murder of that innocent boy in Georgia.

According to a blog post by 2010 Trailblazer Award winners Troy and Stacy Hadrick (advocatesforag.com): “Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, both vegans, were convicted in 2007 by a jury. They chose to have their son, Crown Shakur, born in a bathtub with no medical aid.When they took the infant to nearby Piedmont Hospital on April 24, 2005, the baby was emaciated, weighing 3½ lbs. He died of extreme malnourishment. Police say his diet consisted of only soy milk and apple juice.

"This is certainly a tragic case, but hopefully because of the death of this baby more people will realize the importance of a balanced diet."

Read the complete details on this case here.

Do you think a murder conviction was a just decision for these extremist parents? Do you think celebrities choose vegetarianism because it's the "in" thing to do? How do we make animal protein cool again? Or, are we already on our way? I believe so. Once the American public becomes aware that fat and protein aren't the enemy, we will be well on our way to curing the nation's obesity epidemic and solving a wide range of health diseases that plague our country. What's your opinion? Share with us today!

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