If you’re a parent who is on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, you might have asked yourself if keto would also be a good and safe choice for your kids.
So in this video, I’ll try to answer the question if you should put your kids on a ketogenic diet!
But instead of giving you a simple “yes” or “no” answer, I’ll introduce you to a concept called metabolic flexibility. That’s a fancy word for the body’s ability to efficiently switch back and forth between using carbohydrates (glucose) and fat (ketone bodies) for fuel — depending on what you eat.
Most kids (and adults) who follow a standard American or western diet are metabolically inflexible because their bodies can only use carbs for fuel. As a result, they get “hangry,” cranky and irritated when they don’t have regular access to food or if they have to skip a meal.
Consequently, those kids have to eat every two hours to maintain high blood sugar levels and to avoid feeling lethargic. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Humans have evolved over millions of years on a diet that doesn’t cause frequent spikes in blood sugar.
Instead, our ancestors could automatically shift to burning body fat as a source of fuel when no was available. However, you don’t have to look back in history to realize that this is how human metabolism is supposed to work.
Babies are born in ketosis (they use fat for energy) and usually remain in this metabolic state until parents introduce carbs in the form of rice crispies or formula.
My goal with this video is to show you ways that can help your kids to maintain or re-gain their metabolic flexibility. I’ll also show you what we feed our kids and how the food they eat impacts their metabolism.
At the end of the video, I’ll show you a little experiment our six-year-old daughter agreed to participate in.
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