So a single baby in Spain developed a skin rash after 2 1/2 months after drinking regular formula, so a doctor recommended almond milk formula. The parents, being ignorant, fed the child absolutely nothing else but this one type of almond milk formula when the baby did not eat solid foods by 6 months. The baby was fine at 7 months, but was kept on only the almond milk formula until the age of 11 months, when moving his limbs caused the baby to start crying.
A checkup by the doctor later revealed that the baby developed scurvy, or in other words, Vitamin C Deficiency, along with knee fractures and brittle bones. News outlets have been reporting on this over and over, and what is the constant theme?
Really? So the issue is not that the baby only consumed Almond Milk, it MUST be the fact of a plant-based diet. Right? Wrong.
“The issue here is not one of a plant-based diet being inadequate or inappropriate, but rather the absence of formula and/or breast milk in this infant’s diet,” Las Vegas-based dietitian Andy Bellatti, unaffiliated with the Spanish case study, wrote in an email. He noted that cow milk also lacks vitamin C.
Even the American Dietetic Association claims:
…appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
So the issue is not with the fact that the infant was fed almond milk, the issue was with the fact that the infant was fed ONLY almond milk. Not even almond milk with blended fruit or anything like that.
This story of a single EXTREMELY rare case, should not in any way be used to show that vegan diets are inadequate for infants. Well planned vegan diets work just fine.