Pediatric Plant-Based Diets

Plant-based and flexitarian diets are rising in popularity due to ample health benefits. However, appropriate variety and complementation of diet are necessary to implement such eating patterns in the pediatric populations in order to ensure adequate nutrition for growth and development. Healthcare practitioners should be aware of common shortcomings or nutrients of concerns associated with these eating patterns in order to best counsel parents who choose to feed their children plant-based diets. Else Nutrition products contain a plant-based complete protein source based on the complement from buckwheat and almonds, and age-appropriate micronutrient profiles. Learn more with our suggested reading list below:
Baroni L, Goggi S, Battino M.
Planning well-balanced vegetarian diets in infants, children, and adolescents: The VegPlate Junior. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019;119(7):1067-73.
Melina V, Craig W, Levin S.
Position of the academy of nutrition and dietetics: vegetarian diets. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116(12):1970-80.
Baldassarre ME, Panza R, Farella I, et al.
Vegetarian and Vegan Weaning of the Infant: How Common and How Evidence-Based? A Population-Based Survey and Narrative Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(13):4835.
Messina V, Mangels AR
Ultra-processed foods, diet quality, and health using the NOVA classification system. Rome: FAO. 2019.