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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Vegan and macrobiotic diets: a form of child abuse

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the British Medical Journal 1979, 1, 296-298 and a recipe for chuletas de puerco criollas (Cuban pork chops).

Study title and authors:
Malnutrition in infants receiving cult diets: a form of child abuse

This paper can be accessed at:

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
Roberts concludes: "Severe nutritional disorders, including kwashiorkor, marasmus, and rickets, were seen in four children and were due to parental food faddism, (vegan and macrobiotic diets) which should perhaps be regarded as a form of child abuse. All disorders were corrected with more normal diets and vitamin supplements.

In view of the potentially serious consequences of restricted diets (vegan and macrobiotic) being fed to children, families at risk should be identified and acceptable nutritional advice given. When children are found to be suffering from undernutrition due to parental food faddism a court order will normally be a necessary step in providing adequate treatment and supervision.

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Recipe of the day

Chuletas de Puerco Criollas (Cuban Pork Chops)

Omaha Steaks Specialty Pork Chops
Food Mall: Pork Chops
8 thin center-cut pork chops, about 4 oz. each
fresh-ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon each oregano & cumin
1/8 cup each lime and lemon juice
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1/4 pure olive oil

1) Season the chops with pepper. In a mortar, crush the garlic, oregano, and cumin together into a paste. Rub the chops with the garlic paste, place in a non-reactive bowl, pour the orange juice over, and cover with the sliced onions. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

2) Remove the chops from the marinade, pat dry with paper towels, and reserve the marinade. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until fragrant, then brown the chops on both sides. Add reserved marinade, including the onions,cover, and cook until the chops are tender, about 20 minutes.