As a Mother of three one of my keto concerns was if keto was safe for my children to practice as well, since they are growing and using a lot of energy. Here in this article on Keto and Kids I will address this topic and put your concerns at ease, we all want the best for our Children so let us dive into this topic and see just how the Ketogenic lifestyle effects our kiddo’s.
Is keto safe for children?
In my article “History of Keto” I discussed how the ketogenic diet was actually designed for children with Epilepsy. To this day it is still used as a treatment for seizures in children.
There are other conditions that the keto diet has been used to treat in children. These conditions prevent the body from using glucose productively. A few conditions where the keto diet was used for treatment are:
Glut 1 deficiency also known as De Vivo disease – this is a genetic disorder that impairs brain metabolism.
Another condition that keto is used as treatment for is Pyruvate Dehydrogenase deficiency – this is caused by a build up of lactic acid in the body as well as neurological disorders.
Of course using keto for treatment in kids with health conditions are monitored at all times and given different diet regiments according to what they are treating.
In children without underlying conditions converting your kids to keto at home is very attainable. This might try your patience a bit but what part about parenting does not? In the long run, it is our job to give our kids the best care possible. If a couple temper tantrums is the price we have to pay for their overall health, so be it.
I guess what I’m getting to is that YES keto is kid friendly. Now lets get into transition and maintenance of Kids on Keto.
Keto Healthy Kids
If your children are anything like mine, you at least have one or two that is a picky eater. This also could be a day to day kind of thing as it is with one of mine. One day he will eat hot dogs the next day he’s offended I’ve offered them.
This can be a very frustrating part of parenting, especially with all the easy accessible foods directed to be healthy for children when in fact they are loaded in sugars and carbs.
The good news is that the recognition of keto has come a long way in recent years. There are keto friendly substitutes and plenty of keto snacks as well as ingredients that are not high in sugar or high in carbs.
For an example just because we are eating keto does not mean we can’t have pancakes for breakfast, most children love pancakes. Bacon and eggs are always a breakfast favorite as eggs are so versatile. Smoothies are another great idea to entice kids on the keto way of life and with the convenience of food processors and many other kitchen accessories this is an easy task.
Always take time to educate your kids on how sugars affect people and how important it is to take care of our bodies as we do need them for a lifetime.
Most anything non-keto can be made keto with a few substitutes or tweaking. Kids love the taste of sweet and just because we are converting to keto doesn’t mean we have to take that from them. There are plenty of keto desserts and sweets that can take the place of a pop tart or a doughnut, we just have to be ready for those snack attacks.
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You can make your own keto friendly ice creams, mousse, fat or keto bombs as there referred to in the keto world. Anytime I make my own fat bombs my kids are like little vultures, they love them. If your not the cooking or baking type, you can purchase keto friendly snacks almost anywhere these days. If you can’t find a store, there’s always the open world of internet that can provide you with what you need.
Growing tiny humans
Growing children require more iron and fat than we as adults need. Healthy keto choices can provide the nutrition they need. One benefit alone of converting your children to keto is their daily sugar intake.
According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that children between ages two and 18 eat less than six teaspoons of sugar per day.
Let’s put this in perspective: One cereal bar alone has 13 grams of sugar, in one pouch of welsh’s fruit gummies there is 11 grams of sugar. Four grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon, so I’ll let you do the math.
On average kids eat more than 19 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis. This is very alarming and should have all parents concerned.
Sugar is the common denominator in many health issues such as:
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
These are only a few health conditions that come to mind off the top of my head, and all three are pre cursors to major health issues down the road. Another concern is the effect is has on their teeth, the increase of hyperactivity and behavioral problems sugar causes.
All of these issues are avoidable, but yet we still allow it.
Sugar is also the culprit of cold and allergy like symptoms and acid re flux in children. It also affects their immune system, the very thing we depend upon to keep them healthy. When children consume too much sugar it creates an imbalance of good and bad bacteria which results in weakening the immune system.
Converting Kids to Keto
This is not an easy task for some adults let alone our children but they are more than worth the temporary headache it might cause. We are their reason for existence and we alone are responsible for their health and well-being.
I recommend if they are not already, make them aware of what you eat and why you are eating it. Then slowly introduce them into the idea, have them try some of your keto foods. Create meals that are appealing and always have keto snacks on hand. Preparation is certainly the key with the conversion of kids to keto.
Just limiting sugar alone is a great step forward in taking preventative measures against serious health conditions at a later date.
Breads, potato, pasta’s, rice or “fillers” as I like to call them is a difficult adjustment but not impossible. For one we can now make low carb keto breads for school lunches. Things like cauliflower and broccoli can replace potato, rice and pasta’s.
Anything packaged and convenient in today’s world are full of sugar and carbohydrates. Always read labels, it still surprises me what foods have sugars in them and so unnecessary. I have been on this journey for almost two years now and I’m still taken back by the foods that contain sugar, even the “sugar free” advertised foods.
I always thought the FDA (food and drug administration) was put in place for our own health and wellness, boy was I gullible. After label reading for as long as I have, I realize it has nothing to do with “us” and our health. It has everything to do with the almighty $$ dollar $$.
Another thing I find disturbing is when you take a look at the meat section of your grocery stores. Take a close look at the categories they put meat into these days, like: “antibiotic free” and “organic“. So like a lot of people, if your on a low budget I guess you have to eat the non organic antibiotic filled meats. That in itself says a LOT!
Kid care on Keto
My advice to you, if you want to convert your kids to keto. Start small but always educate them on why, make them health conscience because we can only depend on ourselves for that. The world we live in now doesn’t care about sugar content or the health of our children.
As a rule our children don’t eat as much as we do so they will obviously be eating less of what we would and that’s OK. One of greatest pieces of advice I’ve heard since starting keto is to eat when your hungry and stop when your full. I known this sounds like common sense, but it is not to everyone. Not everyone realizes when they are full and end up over indulging, myself included.
Be aware of sugar content and try to keep it as low carb as possible. Healthy fats are not bad for you or your children, regardless of what has been drilled in our heads for years now.
Drink plenty of purified water and keep an eye on their electrolytes.
I have heard many success stories of parents who only took away sugar and saw significant changes in their kids behavior, their hyperactivity and their ability to focus. This alone is enough evidence to highly suggest a healthier lifestyle for my children and yours. These are our children and they deserve the best chance at life we can offer.
As always I welcome all your comments below.
Be well and keto on.