A mother has been heavily criticized after she claimed in a Tiktok video that her 7-month-old is put on a vegan diet. The viral video sparked controversy after many viewers threatened to call child services on her, fearing the child would be malnourished with the plant-based diet.

Tasj Rose, a new mother from Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, posted a video to her account earlier this week saying she plans to raise her 7-month-old daughter, Oak, on a vegan diet. Since then, Rose, who has more than 14,000 followers on Tiktok, has been blasted with comments criticizing her, New York Post reported.

"I don’t agree with this. Just because you are vegan you don’t have to force your baby to be vegan too," a user wrote. "They need meat in their diets. This has absolutely nothing to do with what's best, it's you being selfish," another viewer accused Rose."If that baby ever develops any health issues because of that, you're guilty of child abuse - you're incriminating yourself," another wrote.

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Meanwhile, Rose is determined and unperturbed by the responses she received from people who even threatened to call child services. She has responded to all of them through several follow-up videos. "She’s well-cared for, happy and healthy. That’s all that matters #VeganBaby," Rose replied in one of her videos. "Vegan babies can be healthy, do your research," she said in another follow-up video.

Rose said she has breastfed her daughter since birth and believes that breastfeeding does not conflict with her values as a vegan. "I believe cow’s milk is for baby cows, and human milk is for baby humans," Rose told the outlet.

The woman said her daughter transitioned into a complete vegan by the end of 2021 and she gets her nutrients from fruits, vegetables, beans, and seeds.

"My honest reaction to people who threaten [me and my daughter] because I choose to follow a plant-based diet is that they are uneducated and [have] ill-informed opinions without evidence or research to back them up," Rose said. 

According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the children who follow a vegan diet have "a lower risk of nutritional deficiencies compared to omnivores, but a less healthy cardiovascular profile". The study also found a lower bone mass in vegan children compared to others.

Meanwhile, a research by the Academy of Nutrition and Dieticians in November 2021, states that "well-planned vegetarian and vegan eating patterns can be healthful and appropriate for all stages of the lifecycle, including for infants and toddlers."

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