Holly Willoughby recommends vegan diet for weaning

Celebrities often tote baby and child-rearing advice. Every week there’s a new tidbit with a different celebrity recommending a different diet, discipline or parenting method for their children.

But this one caught our eye this weekend.


Holly Willoughby, the much-loved English TV presenter, and mother of three has recently raised a few eyebrows with the publication of her vegan baby cookbook.

Apart from the inexhaustible trend of celebs-turned chefs (who doesn’t have their own cookbook and food line these days?), we think this one really takes the cake.

Read here for information on baby-led weaning.

Vegan diet

The book titled “Truly Scrumptious Baby – My complete feeding and weaning plan for six months and beyond” was released last month to differing views. In it, she wrote: ”Weaning a baby on a vegan diet does require a little more planning.

“Energy density of food can be a concern as vegan food is often high in fibre but not very energy dense.”

But despite this, she insisted that babies can get everything they need from the diet. “Foods such as hummus, tahini, bananas, nut or seed butters, dried fruit, nutritional yeast and fortified (unsweetened) milk make great additions but it does all come back to balance and variety,” she added.

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You can buy ‘Truly Scrumptious Baby’ online here.

The facts

However, the NHS has said: “If you’re breastfeeding and you’re on a vegan diet, it’s important that you take a vitamin D supplement. You may also need extra vitamin B12.” in response to the publication of the book.

Celeb advice

But the fact remains that Holly Willoughby, though an excellent presence on our screens is not a dietician, nor a healthcare professional. And it’s best to take advice from people with the relevant qualifications, rather than a great fan-base.

Read here for Annabel Karamel’s top weaning recipes!

What do you think? Do you take celeb-advice with a pinch of salt?


Originally posted 2017-10-23 10:09:49.