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Is Keto Diet Safe for Kids?

when it comes to diets it's hard to find one hotter right now than the ketogenic diet your mom your cousin your friend everyone seems to be doing keto but it's now so popular that some parents are even putting their kids on the controversial eating plan should kid keto even be a thing pediatrician dr. Daphne Ahdoot joins us doc thanks so much for being here I want to ask you from your perspective as a pediatrician what your thoughts are on kids diets and in this case keto in general with the keto diet what happens is that you're eliminating completely an entire food groups you're eliminating carbs are just really minimizing it to a very low amount and kids need sixty five percent of their calories basically comes from carbohydrates and the brain needs sugar to thrive our bodies need sugar to be physically active and especially kids so if we're eliminating that we're kind of putting these kids at risk for nutrient deficiencies vitamin deficiencies fiber deficiency constipation so I'm really not into keto diet for kids but I do agree that we need to reduce the amount of carbs especially unhealthy carbs and kids diet in general I do want to bring into the conversation and join us via Skype to debate this topic internal medicine physician dr.

John lemansky he also goes by dr. akido online so dr. Lewinsky I want to ask you your thoughts on this obviously you're a proponent of the the ketogenic diet but with kids obviously so many other issues at play what are your thoughts on this a ketogenic diet can be one tool that we as physicians used to improve the health of our patients as an internal medicine doctor I obviously treat adults and we've had tremendous success with it but you did mention that there are pediatric patients who are starting to really have adult diseases things like hypertension diabetes insulin resistance you know fatty liver disease and in those children it might be something to consider using I'll openly admit that I think a ketogenic diet can be a short-term way to especially for people who are dealing with major medical issues to lose weight there's no doubt about that I unequivocally have concerns with long-term ketogenic diet and I also worry that some people don't know the right way to do it because you can be on a ketogenic diet and eat all the wrong foods and I think you know hey I eat bacon at every single meal I'm on the ketogenic diet and you know avocados are also on the ketogenic diet guess which one I would prefer you eat right so so there's a lot of confusion out there but I want to talk about kids because with kids do you worry about creating this relationship with food where they might look at a piece of whole-grain bread and say that is terrible for you and I'm gonna tell you I think making a sandwich on whole grain bread with with almond butter can be a great snack for adults and kids so how do you how do you reconcile that where you're gonna say literally no no no don't eat that that's bad when I humbly think it's good yeah no I agree with you you know most of the studies that look at children who have been on a ketogenic diet don't do it indefinitely this is not something that we're considering putting them on for the rest of their lives like maybe some adults would do it's a six-month 12-month process to really reverse some of these diseases that if we don't treat aggressively at that age we'll start seeing diseases and children that we see in adults which is what's happening and so I think for a short period of time if you really are struggling with those children who cannot make that switch over and even if you're restricting the processed foods they're still not improving it could be something to consider you know again I treat adult patients my children are more of a low carb variety and there's ways to do more of a low carb way of eating still maintaining good healthy carbohydrates but just maybe avoiding some of the higher glycemic ones so making small changes you

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