The medical literature
is silent on dark circles under the eyes, however this is what I
think is happening.
is very loose and expandible. With an allergic reaction it swells
up and becomes pale because the pigment cells are being moved apart.
As fluid or subcutaneous fat is lost the eyes appear sunken and
dark because the pigment cells become more densely packed. So weight
loss due to the dietary change could cause the dark eyes. If the
sodium content of the diet has also gone down, that can cause a
reduction in extracellular fluid volume also leading to the dark
If you try the
veggie diet again you should keep a careful record of the kids'
weight. They may be losing fluid and/or weight. Children need more
fat than adults in order to meet their Calorie requirements. Vegan
kids should be offered plenty of raw nuts, seeds, nut butters, tofu
and avocados in order to keep up their weight. All vegans need a
Harris MD received a degree in physics from the University of
California Berkeley, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received
his degree in medicine from the University of California at San
Francisco, and received his postgraduate training at San Diego County
Hospital. He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He
has been an Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director
of the Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his
retirement in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis
In addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is
an accomplished hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became
a skydiver with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian
since 1950, and vegan since 1963.