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Paediatr Child Health. 2010 May;15(5):303-14.

Vegetarian diets in children and adolescents.

[Article in English, French]

Abstract

A well-balanced vegetarian diet can provide for the needs of children and adolescents. However, appropriate caloric intake should be ensured and growth monitored. Particular attention should be paid to adequate protein intake and sources of essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamins B₁₂ and D. Supplementation may be required in cases of strict vegetarian diets with no intake of any animal products. Pregnant and nursing mothers should also be appropriately advised to ensure that the nutritional needs of the fetus and infant are adequately met. Recommendations are provided. Adolescents on restricted vegetarian or other such diets should be screened for eating disorders.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; Child; Infant; Vegetarian diets

PMID:
21532796
PMCID:
PMC2912628

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