|Causes and Mechanisms of Linear Growth Retardation (International Dietary Energy Consultative Group - IDECG, 1993, 216 pages)|
|Effects of macrobiotic diets on linear growth in infants and children until 10 years of age|
Based on the findings of the above studies the following dietary recommendations were given to all macrobiotic families in the Netherlands:
1. To add fat as an additional source of energy to a total of at least 25-30% of energy as fat. This can be achieved by including 20-25 g of oil per day, or by eating more nuts and seeds.
2. To include fish (2-3 portions per week) as a source of vitamin B12. Especially during winter fatty fish should be consumed to provide the child with vitamin D.
3. To increase the consumption of plant sources of calcium and vitamin B2. Consumption of these products is within the macrobiotic philosophy, but they are poor sources of calcium. At this stage the use of dairy products was not yet explicitly recommended since this was considered incompatible with the macrobiotic philosophy. The effects of these dietary recommendations have been evaluated in the 2-year follow-up study.