“Where’s the beef?” might become a weekly lament in public school cafeterias across New York City. In a stated effort to improve the health and broaden the nutritional minds of school-age children, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has limited Friday lunch choices to vegan-only options. He is calling it Vegan Fridays. A vegan diet prohibits any food made from or produced by an animal, including meat, eggs, cheese, milk, and fish. The Friday meal will be entirely plant-based, though the kids will have access to milk, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and some other non-plant-based options. Is a Vegan Diet Healthful? Overall, vegan diets are healthful, but several nutrients are harder to come by when on a diet such as this. For example, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 are not as prominent when consuming only plant-based foods. Fortunately, milk and other options that supply these ...
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