The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wrote in its article titled "Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start," published on its website (accessed Jan. 7, 2008):

“Growing children…need iron found in a variety of beans and green, leafy vegetables. The vitamin C in vegetables and fruits enhances iron absorption, especially when eaten together with an iron-rich food…[f]ew people are aware that cow’s milk is very low in iron and can induce a mild, chronic blood loss in the digestive tract, which can reduce iron and cause an increased risk of anemia.”

Jan. 7, 2008