Australian actor Teresa Palmer has admitted to lying to her five-year-old wannabe vegan son – so she can feed him meat and dairy.
The thespian, whose credits include The Place of No Words and Hacksaw Ridge among others, said her son Bodhi’s desire to be vegan stems from his 11-year-old half brother Isaac.
“All [of Isaac’s] friends have become a little vegan group at school in America,” she told Australian radio show 2DayFM Breakfast. “They live in LA, there we go.”
The vegetarian actor, who used to be vegan, added that Bodhi won’t even eat birthday cake at his friends’ parties unless the parents tell him it’s vegan.
“I’m constantly lying,” she said.
Suitable at all stages
Despite Palmer’s reluctance to feed her son a vegan diet, according to major nutritional bodies, the diet can healthy for all ages.
The American Dietetic Association says: “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
“Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”