“Training children to avoid pastries, sweets, processed food, fizzy drinks and take-away food sounds like a no-brainer, but this is often viewed as “deprivation” by society.By restricting carbs in childhood, you are offering them the gift of a long, healthy life, not deprivation. To appreciate the alternative, one just has to look around and realise how many people are sick and overweight; radiant health is no longer the norm.
Feeding a child a low-carbohydrate diet will not only improve mental aptitude and focus, but prevent serious health hazards later on.
One of the best recognised and highly recommended treatments for autism and epilepsy is, in fact, a ketogenic diet. The well-known ketogenic diet is an eating plan where all carbohydrate foods (including fruit and carb-rich foods) are removed from the child’s diet, and he/she is placed on a very high-fat diet, together with sufficient protein and vegetables. The body is therefore forced to burn fats instead of carbohydrates.
Carbs are turned into glucose, particularly important for brain function. Where there are no carbohydrates provided, the liver then converts fat into ketone bodies. These can then be used by the brain as a source of energy, and has been shown to lead to a dramatic decline in seizure occurrence in epileptic children.
The ketogenic diet has been successfully used for decades, so clearly it is neither dangerous nor unhealthy. However, feeding a moderate carbohydrate diet that includes sweet potato, carrots, nuts and even a little gluten-free grain in moderation (such as buckwheat and quinoa) in small amounts and infrequently – would be acceptable for most healthy children.
Breakfast cereals may just be the elephant in the room. Many parents can’t imagine giving children anything else to eat at breakfast other than a plate of cereal, with reduced-fat milk, plenty of sugar and perhaps a glass of orange juice and a piece of toast with margarine. This is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the day,
as there is virtually no protein or fat. The fat that is provided is a toxic version of a real fat. Margarine is no substitute for butter whatsoever – one is toxic and inflammatory, the other (butter) is nutritious and healthy. You may as well open a packet of sugar and pour this down the child’s throat. It is no wonder there are so
many “diagnoses” of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)…….
To summarise, for the normal child, don’t take all carbs away, but make sure the carbs given are not in the form of grains or sugars – and before going to parties, fill them up with fat and protein. They will eat a lot less junk.” Tim Noakes, The Real Meal Revolution
Tim is an award-winning scientist and one of the world’s foremost experts on exercise science.
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