Public Health Vegan Study

Thank you for responding to our information flyer regarding a research study on the nutritional status of toddlers raised in total vegetarian (vegan) families. The study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Loma Linda University. The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Loma Linda University is seeking to recruit families with total vegetarian children aged 2 years (plus/minus 6 months) that might be willing to participate in our study.

The purpose of this study will be to see if total vegetarian children are receiving the recommended daily amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin B9/folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. This will be achieved by calculating vitamin intake from 3-day food records (all meals consumed over the course of 3x 24 hours) and comparing the values obtained with the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA). To increase the validity of our study, we are asking the parents for a urine sample from their toddler that will be used to analyze biomarkers for a healthy vitamin status. All participants will be assigned an identification number in order to maintain anonymity. Nutritional counseling will be offered to parents regarding the nutritional status of their child, and a small gift to parents who submit a urine sample.

Upon filling out the below questionnaire, you will be contacted within one week for further instruction.

* Required information

General Information

Child's name *
Gender *        
Birthdate *
Email address *
Which of the following communication tools do you have access to? *

Diet/Medical information

Does your child have a medical history of any mental or physical illness that would alter their dietary habits? *

If so, what kind of dietary restrictions does the child have due to their condition?

Has your child been weaned off of breast milk? *
Is your child currently drinking infant formula? *

If drinking formula, which brand and type?

Has your child ever consumed dairy or dairy products? (Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) *
Has your child consumed dairy or dairy products in the past 6 months? *
Has your child ever consumed meat or meat products? *
Has your child consumed meat or meat products in the past 6 months? (Chicken, beef, pork, etc.) *

If so, how often?

Has your child ever consumed eggs or egg products? *
Has your child consumed eggs or egg products in the past 6 months? *

If so, how often?

Is your child receiving any form of nutritional supplementation? *
Are you willing and able to record your child's food intake into a provided food record for a span of 3 days, with the help of our instructions? *
Are you willing and able to collect a small sample of urine from your child into a plastic tube that we provide, with the help of our instructions? *
Which of the following resources do you use to receive nutrition information for your child? *


At birth, the weight of your child was: *
Your child’s delivery was: *