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Safety of vegetarian and vegan diets in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in growing children.

Dr Lamprini Risos, Preventive Cardiologist (Erasmus Hospital, Brussels)

Dr Catherine Devillers, Nutritionist Doctor and Scientific Editor for the Belgian Centre for Pharmacotherapeutic Information (privately)

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More than 100 Belgian and foreign scientists contest the opinion of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium

Following the publication of the opinions of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium (RAMB) on the dangers of a vegan diet followed by pregnant and lactating women as well as growing children, two Belgian doctors collaborated in the drafting of a two-part response:

    (1) a critical analysis of the sources presented, contradicting the alarmist conclusions of the academy,

    (2) a well referenced literature review on the safety of a vegan diet at all stages of life

This report quickly found international support: it was signed by 115 health care professionals and masters of science from 13 different countries.

Press Release

More than 100 scientists contest the opinion of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium

 Following the publication of the opinions of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium (RAMB) on the dangers of a vegan diet followed by pregnant and lactating women as well as growing children, two Belgian doctors collaborated in the drafting of a two-part response:

    (1) a critical analysis of the sources presented, contradicting the alarmist conclusions

    (2) a well referenced literature review on the safety of a vegan diet at all stages of life

This report quickly found international support: it was signed by more than 100 health professionals and masters of science from 12 different countries.

The opinions of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium

First opinion (May 14th, 2019)

Dating from June 2018, this first opinion prohibits a vegan diet in pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as in children because of the nutritional deficiencies it induces "almost systematically".

Contact us

For more information about the authors and co-signers as well as the references mentioned in our publication

Dr Risos Lamprini

(English, French)

0032 486 59 00 26

Dr Devillers Catherine

(English, French)

0032 493 56 85 10

Dr Moons Annelies

(English, Dutch)

0032 475 34 47 44

List and identity of the cosigners

Find here the complete list of Belgian and foreign health professionals who cosigned the scientific response intended to the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium and their academic title.

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Safety of vegetarian and vegan diets in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in growing children.

Dr Risos Lamprini, Dr Devillers Catherine