Skip to main content

$200,000 December Matching Gift Challenge

Match My Gift!
  1. Health and Nutrition News

  2. Jun 16, 2021

Vegan Diets Optimal for Growth in Children

Vegan diets can be optimal for normal growth in children, according to a review published in Nutrition Research. Researchers reviewed literature on growth and overall health in children who follow vegan diets and assessed intake of several key nutrients. Those children who follow vegan diets showed normal growth with adequate, if not greater intakes of protein, fiber, and iron. Supplementation of vitamins B12 is necessary, and some may choose to supplement with vitamin D or calcium. Vegan diets offer many health benefits for children, including prevention of cardiovascular disease, vitamin C deficiency, and obesity during childhood and later in life.

References

Sutter DO, Bender N. Nutrient status and growth in vegan children. Nutr Res. Published online May 18, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2021.04.005

More on Nutrition for Kids

Interested in this topic?

Learn more and earn free CME credits on NutritionCME.org!