“The restriction of foods of animal origin can compromise the supply of various essential nutrients to the body and, as a consequence, have negative effects on growth and development during childhood.” This is how forceful the article by José Manuel Álvarez published in the magazine La Voz del Gremio de Zaragoza.
A vegetarian or vegan diet must be supplemented with vitamin B12 and vitamin D and iodine, in any case, while other nutrients such as iron, calcium, docosahexaenoic acid and zinc must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. “At all stages of life, but especially during growth and development, the diet should be varied and balanced, including all food groups.
For this reason, the communication expert and head of Meat and Health explains that “a balanced diet must include proteins of animal and vegetable origin. The best way to obtain them is to alternate meat, fish and derivatives with other foods that are also rich in protein of vegetable origin”.