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Archive » 1998 » 2 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Anatomy » Archive » Medical field » Fields » Biochemistry » Archive » Medical field » Fields » Pediatrics »

Vegetarian diet and children – complications and their prevention

 
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The article presents some facts about vegetarian diet, its influence on child develop­ment, possible complications and their preven­tion. A vegetarian diet, if properly selected, can meet all the requirements of the growing child. A strictly vegetarian (vegan) diet can cause vi­tamin B12 deficiency with serious neurological and haematological disturbances. To prevent vi­tamin B12 deficiency we should recommend the inclusion of algae (Chlorella, Spirulina) in vegan diet. These algae are the most important non-ani­mal source of vitamin B12.

Authors:
Mlakar Boštjan

Keywords:
vegetarianism, child, vitamin B12 deficiency, Chlorella

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 1998; 37: 249–57.

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