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Am J Clin Nutr. 1988 Sep;48(3 Suppl):822-5. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/48.3.822.

Growth and development of British vegan children.

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Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, King's College, University of London, UK.

Abstract

The growth and development of children born of vegan mothers and reared on a vegan diet has been studied longitudinally: All of the children were breast-fed for the first 6 mo of life and in most cases well into the second year of life. The majority of children grew and developed normally but they did tend to be smaller in stature and lighter in weight than standards for the general population. Energy, calcium, and vitamin D intakes were usually below the recommended amounts. Their diets, however, were generally adequate but a few children had low intakes of riboflavin and vitamin B-12. Most parents were aware of the need to supplement the diet with vitamin B-12. It is concluded that provided sufficient care is taken, a vegan diet can support normal growth and development.

PMID:
3414589
DOI:
10.1093/ajcn/48.3.822
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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