A judge in Australia said a couple had left their baby "severely malnourished" on a strict vegan diet. Experts said that, with proper guidance, children can be on a totally plant-based diet.

It happens every once in a while: A child being raised vegan develops serious health problems, setting off an emotional debate over whether such diets are suitable for the very young.

Experts say it is possible to raise healthy infants and children on a totally plant-based diet. Planning helps, as babies are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition and are unable to choose the foods they eat.

This past week,

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