Vegetarian Eating for Children and Adolescents

Laurie Dunham, MS, RD, LD; Linda M. Kollar, RN, MSN

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J Pediatr Health Care. 2006;20(1):27-34. 

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Many vegetarian diets are low in omega-3 fatty acids if eggs, fish, or large amounts of sea vegetables are not consumed. Therefore, it is important that vegetarians consume a reliable source of linolenic acid in their diet to ensure adequate production of the long chain n-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid, and eicosapentaenoic acid. Foods such as flaxseed (ground or oil), canola oil, soybean oil, soybeans, tofu, walnuts, and walnut oil contain a reasonable amount of linolenic acid (Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian Diets, 2003).

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