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CARBS AND KIDS

Children need to eat a balanced diet. Even if the parents are “Doing Atkins” kids need carbs.

Carbohydrates are a ready source of energy. Active children–and all children should play actively both at home and at school–need energy. Further, a low-carbohydrate, high fat and protein regimen is not physiologically suitable for children. The state of ketosis that strict adherence to such a regimen causes is unhealthy for children (it’s not good for grown-ups either but we have more leeway than children do). And too much protein can overload the kidneys.

What should children eat? What Dr. Heins calls the HAPPY, HEALTHY DIET. This consists of all three sources of nutrition: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Specifically low-fat milk, lean protein, eggs, cheese, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, only occasional sweets.

What kids should not eat is junk food. They need snacks but wise parents provide healthy alternatives to the potato chip and candy bar. See that your kitchen always has crackers and cheese, raw veggies with healthy dips (my kids loved cottage cheese flavored with ketchup but low-fat ranch dressing works) and fruit.

Worried your kids are looking chubby these days? There are three steps to take: 1) Get rid of the junk food (including those big bottles of sweetened, colored and flavored water called “juice”) in your cupboards. 2) Get the kids moving: outdoor play, sports lessons, and turn off the TV. 3) Have the child seen by the pediatrician who can measure the degree and rate of weight gain as well as the proportion of fat in the body. If the doctor agrees that the child is gaining wright too rapidly concentrate on exercise. It’s healthier than putting your kids on a fad diet.

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