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Low Carb Kids – How to Raise Children on Real Low-Carb Food


Childhood obesity is a huge problem today. Lots of parents are wondering – how do you raise kids without feeding them excessive carbs?

This is a guest post from Libby Jenkinson, a registered pharmacist, mother of 3 children, and the founder of, the leading low carb website in New Zealand and Australia.

Low Carb Kids

The importance of whole food nutrition in children’s health and development cannot be stressed enough. All children will benefit from lowering their sugar and carbohydrate intake, especially from processed and junk foods.

For Low Carb Kids the emphasis should be on feeding them tasty nutrient dense meals. Children shouldn’t be relying on sugars, grains and high carb snacks. Low carb is all about going back to basics – meat, vegetables, low sugar fruit, seeds, nuts and healthy fats. Real food is simple food. Continue Reading →


Children Aged Four to 10 “Have Equivalent of 5,500 Sugar Cubes a Year”


No wonder there’s an obesity epidemic – and many other health problems – among UK kids:

Guardian: Children aged four to 10 ‘have equivalent of 5,500 sugar cubes a year’

The amount of sugar that the kids eat daily is about three times the maximum recommended, on average. Meaning that about half of the kids get more than three times the maximum recommended sugar intake.

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Another Paleo Baby: Sick Only Once in Her Life – But Dietitian Freaks Out


Here’s a child that gets a wonderful start to life. Real Paleo foods and breastfeeding. She’s only been sick once in her life, with a cold.

So what’s to worry about? Plenty, apparently, as a dietitian warns of a lack of grains leading to an “unbalanced” diet. It’s unclear what “unbalanced” means, as it has no scientific definition. But it probably refers to a diet that does not match the dietitian’s religious dietary beliefs.

Scientifically or evolutionarily there’s no need whatsoever for grains in the diet.

Daily Mail: The baby girl who has never eaten a carb: Meet Grace, who has been on the Paleo diet since birth – and her fitness fanatic mum says she has only been sick once in her life

As a sidenote we give our two daughters – 1 and 4 years old – a very similar start in life, with similar foods and some breastfeeding for almost two years. The kids are almost never sick, apart from the occasional cold with very mild symptoms.

I can’t even remember when the oldest daughter had a real fever last time, must be more than a year ago. And the youngest, well I don’t think she’s ever had a high fever.

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Cheerios Protein: Hardly Any Extra Protein, but SEVENTEEN TIMES More Sugar Than the Original

Cheerios Protein is being marketed as a high-protein breakfast for kids (complete with thrilling TV ads with NASCAR racers). The reality is quite something else. It only contains “a smidgen more protein” than the original. But it has 17 times the amount of sugar!

This just landed General Mills a well-deserved class action law suit for false marketing:

CSPI: “Cheerios Protein” Has Negligibly More Protein, but Far More Sugar, than Original Cheerios

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The Sugar Ghost: An Ingredient That Haunts Our Food and Threatens Our Children

Well worth reading from Gunhild A. Stordalen:

This Saturday, children from Norway to New Jersey travelled from house to house in scary costumes for Halloween. Asking for “trick or treat,” kids everywhere frightened their parents — not just with their outfits, but with the mountains of chocolates and sweets they returned home to eat.

Every parent will have worried that their child ate too much sugar last week. But what’s really scary is not the quantity of candy a child consumes during this annual event. The real “threat” is all the sugar that has sneaked into the child’s normal diet the remaining 364 days throughout the year. Halloween may be an annual event, but sugar consumption by our children is perennial.

If you weren’t scared by trick-or-treaters on Saturday, try this; the explosive growth in child obesity is one of the greatest threats to public health in this century. Continue Reading →

Huffington Post: The Sugar Ghost: An Ingredient That Haunts Our Food and Threatens Our Children

I especially enjoyed the end of the article, listing signs of real progress being made. Like IKEA recently deciding to cut sugar from their drink towers in half, and replace sodas with fruit water. And the effective Mexican soda tax, something that many other countries have already introduced or are contemplating.

Big Sugar is about to lose this fight. And the biggest winners are our children.

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“Kids Need Less Sugar and More Fat”

Kid eating an egg

Kids should eat more fat and less sugar, says the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl). They’ve just posted new guidelines for healthy eating for children:

News Hour: Kids need less sugar and more fat

Lead author of the Food4Kids guidelines, Robert Verkerk, said he and the ANH-Intl believe the government low-fat guidelines are out of step with recent nutritional science. And of course he’s completely right.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady Calls Coca-Cola ‘Poison for Kids’

Good to see a sports star who is not paid to speak well of junk food: Patriots QB Tom Brady is fired up about nutrition in America, calls Coca-Cola ‘poison for kids’


4-Year-Old’s Party with Animal Cakes – and Not Much Sugar


How do you throw a kid’s birthday party without overdosing on sugar for all participants? It gets a little more difficult as the children get older, but now we’ve pulled off a 4-year-old’s party with sugar mainly only from fruit (and some chocolate).

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Why There is So Much Sugar in Your Kid’s School Breakfast


School breakfasts can easily blow past double the amount of sugar recommended for kids in an entire day. One of the many reasons? Flavoured yoghurt has, according to author Michael Pollan, become our food supply’s “latest sugar delivery system.”

Civil Eats: Why There is So Much Sugar in Your Kid’s School Breakfast

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