Families: I Was A Teen Vegetarian

More kids are just saying no--to meat, that is. But is it a healthy option?

Most vegetarians will tell you their decision to cut out meat came gradually, over a period of months or even years. Lauren Butts, a high school junior from Medford, Ore., recalls the exact moment of her conversion. At age 13, while traveling in France with her family, Butts, a horse owner, accidentally ordered horsemeat from a restaurant menu. Though not versed in the differences between cheval and boeuf, she did manage to "figure it out in time" to avoid eating the burger. But something clicked. "It made sense then," she says. "There was no way I was going to eat the...

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