There is a lot of conflicting information out there about the effects of a Ketogenic Diet on children and teens. Whether you are interested in a Ketogenic Diet to help your child navigate the symptoms of an illness, reach a healthy weight, or you are starting a Keto Diet and you want to know if it is safe for your children, there are ways to make it work for you and your family.
History of Treating Illness
While the Ketogenic Diet has been around since 500 B.C., the National Center for Biotechnology Information noted that it came to popularity when it “was introduced by modern physicians as a treatment for epilepsy in the 1920s.” Since then, studies have found that the Ketogenic Diet can have positive effects on the following illnesses.
- Glucose Transporter Type-1 Protein Deficiency
- Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency
- Lennox Gastaut Syndrome
- Dravet Syndrome
Kids & Keto
As always, make sure to consult your pediatrician before starting a child on a Ketogenic Diet. Children’s National Health System has stated that “the Ketogenic Diet must be supervised by a medical team, consisting of a neurologist and dietician.”
But, what if you are thinking about a Ketogenic Diet to help your child reach a healthy weight or if you are starting a Ketogenic Diet and you want to involve the whole family? Is it safe then? Well, the answer is pretty straight forward. The The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that “kids need carbohydrates.” They are vital for growth in children and teens. If you are helping your child reach a healthy weight, swap out processed carbohydrates for these lower glyccemic foods.
Keto at Dinner
But, if you are starting a Keto diet yourself, it can leave you feeling like the odd one out at the dinner table. Check out these family-friendly Ketogenic recipes from Factor75 to spice up your next family dinner while keeping yourself on track.
Another way to go is to do what I like to call a “Paleo Compromise” with your family. The easiest thing you can do is set yourself up with a Paleo and Ketogenic meal delivery service. This offers Ketogenic options for you and the healthy options for them – a win-win.