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I am thinking of switching to a low carb diet for my whole family including 2 kids who are 5 and 8 years old.  Is this a good idea?
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I am thinking of switching to a low carb diet for my whole family including 2 kids who are 5 and 8 years old. Is this a good idea?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

A low carb diet usually means more than just decreasing or eliminating most grains, it also means decreasing fruits, vegetables and beans/legumes. All foods groups that are important for your child's growth and development. Eliminating these foods can lead to nutrient deficiencies especially when it comes to the B vitamins and fiber. And kids not only have have higher nutrient needs, but also, higher energy needs. If you take away carbs, you are not left with a lot to eat so your child maybe low on energy. This can lead to poor perfromance in the classroom and on the field if they play a sport.

Carbohydrates are your body's main source of fuel and it is recommended that a majority of your calories come from quality sources such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and even milk and dairy foods (yogurt). Unfortunately, carbohydrates are also found in sugary foods and drinks. A better approach is to decrease, but not eliminating, less healthy, sugary carbohydrates and eat a well balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and even some fat.


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