Children need carbohydrates for proper brain development. We should not be placing our kids on a low carbohydrate diet for weight control. Children need a balanced diet for growth and proper brain development.
What Information Is Out There
Much information on the internet today states that if you have high blood sugars, you should switch to a low carbohydrate diet. There is a ton of information about low carb diets. You could get the impression that this is a good way to control blood sugars. But in children, low carbohydrate diets can be harmful to their brain development.
Blood Sugar Is So Confusing!
I once had a lady come for consulting, complaining of unknown sources of blood sugar. She stated she had checked her blood sugar before eating her dinner. Then she ate a steak dinner with NO carbs. (She was very careful, no dinner roll, no potato, etc.) Then after dinner she checked her blood sugar again and it was much higher. She was so confused.
Have you ever gone to bed at night with one meter reading and woke up the next morning with higher blood sugars? I have had parents believing their child was eating during the night causing this rise in blood sugar. Poor kids were begging for my help!
The fact is, when you don’t eat what your body needs, your body will produce it. Your liver is a large reservoir for energy. When you don’t eat carbs and your body needs quick energy, your liver will release it. This causes your glucometer to read higher than expected.
Our Brains NEED Carbohydrates!
Your brain needs carbohydrates to function properly. The adult brain needs about 100 grams of carbohydrates every day for proper brain functioning. Children need 130 grams of carbohydrates every day just for proper brain growth and development. Imagine your children having a hard time concentrating in school because they are not getting the quick energy they need.
We know it is easy for kids to get a sugar buzz. But there are other sources of carbohydrates they need like fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, granola, whole wheat bread, starchy vegetables like corn and peas, plus many more.
Low carbohydrate diets are not the answer to prevent diabetes. In fact, many people turn to high protein diets which are usually high in fat (aka loaded with calories). They gain weigh causing insulin resistance. It really is about total calories. Living a balanced life is key, particularly in children.
What You Can Do
Are you motivated to make major diet changes like this? Are ready to teach your children to lead a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and increased activities? If you’re ready to make changes but don’t know where to begin, I have a 30 day virtual program that is perfect for the whole family! Click here for more info.
Always be careful when accepting information from the internet as truth. Unfortunately, not everything on the internet is correct!
Please check with your medical provider before making significant changes in your diet.
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