We know that we should be eating a high fat, low carb diet for optimal health.
👧🏻What about kids? Kids require 35-40 different micronutrients for normal function. Maximizing nutrient density should be our main goal when choosing foods. Our bodies require essential fats and essential proteins and we need to get these from our foods.
‼️There are NO essential carbohydrates.
🧬We require small amounts of glucose but our bodies are able to convert proteins and fats into glucose, as needed (gluconeogenesis).
💥90% of a child’s brain develops before the age of 5. And although the brain weighs in about 3 lbs or 2% of total body weight, it has over 25% of the total cholesterol in the body (think statins).
💥The brain is about 60% fat.
🧠The brain is THE MOST energy-demanding organ in the body and requires fat for survival. Our brains need fat-soluble vitamins and cholesterol for cognitive function, memory and proper nerve function. Many fuel the brain with glucose from carbs but the long-term effects of carbs for energy, is damaging.
1️⃣Fats have twice as much energy as glucose.
2️⃣Fats don’t have to be processed like glucose to pass into the mitochondria.
💥Our cell walls are made up of fatty acids (fats are broken down in the body as fatty acid + glycerol). And so the better the quality of good fats, the better the health of the cells walls to do their job: bring in nutrients, release energy and remove waste out of the cell.⠀
♻️What comes out (energy & cell waste), can only be as good as what comes in (food).⠀
💥Since every cell structure is made of fatty acids, fat essentially controls everything. If you don’t have proper FATS, you don’t have proper CELLS. If you don’t have proper CELLS, you don’t have proper FUNCTION.⠀
👦🏻For a child, their brains use about DOUBLE the amount of energy everyday compared to an adult’s brain. This is especially true until the age of 4. Having our children rely on their body’s stored energy (fat), allows for clean burning and long lasting energy.⠀
💡Kids should eat a high-fat, meat-heavy diet. It’s what the growing body prefers.