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SCAVINO, Ivana et al. Vegetarian diets in children and adolescents: a literature review. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2022, vol.93, n.1, e602.  Epub June 01, 2022. ISSN 0004-0584.

Vegetarian diets have recently reached a great protagonism as a way of feeding our population, including the pediatric population. They are a valid feeding option if properly planned. Parents who choose to offer their children this type of diet should know its risks and potential benefits. The primary care physician who assists children and adolescents (NNA) has limited training in nutrition; however, you must supervise that the diet of this population is adequate. It is necessary to know the foods that make up vegetarian diets, as well as the caloric needs, of critical nutrients and supplementation of these children according to their age. Carrying out adequate planning is the gold standard to maintain adequate nutritional, growth and development status. The objective of this publication is to review the principles of this type of diet, its benefits and risks, and establish some practical considerations and recommendations for its approach from Primary Health Care.

Keywords : Vegetarian diet; Vegan diet; Child; Adolescent.

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