Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Reddit user admits they serve vegan friend’s daughter meat behind her back

01/11/2022

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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A parent has sparked controversy online after admitting that they feed their vegan pal’s daughter meat behind her back.

Speaking to strangers on Reddit, the guilty parent said they had noticed the little girl was “smaller and paler” than their own daughter, and admitted they couldn’t help secretly feeding her meat.

“My daughter and her friend M are both 12 years old and like to have sleepovers every now and then. M’s family maintains a strict vegan diet where she isn’t even allowed to drink milk. Her parents are nice people although a bit on the neurotic side,” they explained.

little girl burger

The parent fed the little girl burgers in secret (Credit: Alamy)

“M is bright young girl and she’s a good friend to my daughter but I noticed how much smaller and paler she is compared to my daughter. I think it’s likely tied to her family’s diet.

“So whenever she is over I always make a big meaty meal for them. Last weekend I made some cheeseburgers and steak for them on the grill with a big glass of milk. M absolutely loves it and always politely asks for more (which I happily provide).”

It’s not only meals, either. The Reddit user went on to share that they even gave the little girl meaty snacks to gnaw on, too.

“For snacks I give them some of my venison jerky. For breakfast I typically make a big plate of scrambled eggs and bacon again with a big glass of milk. Despite her size M always wolfs down whatever I make.

“And I have to say every time she leaves it looks like she has a healthy glow to her”.

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The little girl was fed meat in secret (Credit: Alamy)

The parent added that they knew they were probably in the wrong for feeding their friend’s daughter meat without her parents’ consent, but went on to say that they justified it because they thought the girl was “malnourished”.

In the comments, it is fair to say that the vast majority of Redditers were appalled.

“You are not her doctor. This isn’t your choice to make. Undermining her parents’ dietary choices is going to do more harm than good for her,” said one person in reply.

Whilst another agreed: “If you really cared, you would go out of your way to make her a good vegan meal, there’s so many options these days. You had no reason to feed her stuff her parents don’t allow while they trust their daughter with you”.

“You are way out of line on this one,” advised a third. “Are you offering her a vegan alternative? Or if she is hungry and wants to eat, does she have no choice but to eat all the meat and dairy you made? I would be furious if my kids had a dietary restriction and some holier-than-thou parent purposely screwed with them”.
glass of milk

The child was also fed secret glasses of milk (Credit: Alamy)

There were some who were more sympathetic, however.

“If she didn’t want to eat it, or it impacted her values then she wouldn’t,” said one. “Kids are deciding if they want to be vegan/veggie at this age, younger even. No-one bats an eye except when the adult isn’t on board.”

“I’d be pretty pissed if it was my kid. However the kid likes it and isn’t being forced to eat it… so yeah,” wrote somebody else. 

Here are Twisted, we struggle with the assumption that a vegan diet equals malnutrition – you only have to look at some of our Twisted Green recipes to know this is far from true.

We’d advise the parent to look through all of these recipes if they need some inspo.

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