WHY EVEN CONSIDER LOW-CARB FOR CHILDREN?
Safety is usually the first thing parents think about when it comes to introducing something new into their children’s lives, with good reason. Taking care of these little people and making sure they grow up into healthy big people is every parent’s top priority.
This desire to see our kids healthy and safe is the reason behind the national push-back against the foods, practices, and false information we are being fed about our children’s diets. The obesity and diabetes rates among children in the U.S. have officially reached epidemic proportions (1). Think about that… epidemic. Epidemic is a word used to describe disease outbreaks or murder rates. The plague was an epidemic.
It sounds sensationalized, but in reality, it’s a call to action. Children are being given no chance to grow into healthy adults because their diets are giving them lifelong health issues (2).
Have you looked at children’s snacks? They’re full of sugar and processed carbs (3). Take a gander at the top kids snacks that claim to be healthy:
Granola Bars – Granola isn’t inherently bad, but when you add chocolate chips and cover it in a sugar glaze, it’s a diabetes stick.
Snack Crackers – Goldfish, Cheez-Its, and the like. These things are chock-full of processed carbs, sodium, and bad oils.
Squeeze Yogurts – Yogurt is healthy, right? It is until you load it with sugar and artificial colors and flavors.
Muffins – Muffins are loaded with bad carbs, sugar, and oils. They’re basically just unfrosted cupcakes.
Applesauce Pouches – Apple flavored sugar packets.
Chocolate Milk – Milk makes the body grow, but not when you add 24 grams of sugar per serving.
They say they're healthy, they come in very convenient, single serving packages that you can just toss to your kids when they’re hangry, and people have been giving them to their kids for years. How can they be bad?
Those little lies are why we have a childhood obesity epidemic. We’ve been duped.
IS LOW-CARB SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Let’s not mince words. Yes, low-carb is safe for children.
As a matter of fact, the ketogenic diet was originally designed for children with epilepsy and it was wonderfully effective (4).
The biggest question parents ask when it comes to low-carb and their kids is about the vitamins and minerals. Truthfully, most foods designed for children are fortified with the extra vitamins they need because the starchy, carb-filled snacks kids inherently love have zero nutritional value.
Low-carb snack options like jerky, cheeses, eggs, meats, and the rest have far more of the vitamins and minerals that help a growing child stay healthy. Top that off with the leafy greens low-carb diets demand, and kids are getting loads more vitamins by eating low-carb than they ever got with neon orange fish crackers.
What about the multi-vitamins low-carb diets recommend?
Fear not, gummy vitamins are like little treats that kids have no idea are really good for them. Check out low-carb approved gummy vitamins here and see for yourself.
Low-carb for kids is absolutely safe and effective for weight loss and weight maintenance. It will mean a little more work on your part having to prep snacks and meals, but that’s a small price to pay for a healthier happy kiddo.
(1) Pulgaron, E. R., & Delamater, A. M. (2014). Obesity and type 2 diabetes in children: epidemiology and treatment. Current Diabetes Reports, 14(8), 508. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11892-014-0508-y
(2) School-age nutritional issues in the u. S. (n.d.). Retrieved October 5, 2018, from http://www.hhpronline.org/articles/2016/12/17/children-nutrition-crisis-in-america.
(3) Trends in snacking among u. S. Children. (2010). Health Affairs (Project Hope), 29(3), 398–404. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0666.
(4) Wheless, J. W. (2008). History of the ketogenic diet. Epilepsia, 49 Suppl 8, 3–5. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1528-1167.2008.01821.x.