Raising a Child Sans Sugar & Wheat

Raising a Child Sans Sugar & Wheat | The Paleo Diet

Hi I’m about to have a child, and I don’t want to bring it up on a diet of sugar and wheat. Do you have any research for children and the Paleo Diet?

Dr. Cordain’s Response:

No, there aren’t any clinical trials for children and The Paleo Diet. However, the current advice for infant nutrition comes from nutritional boards who base their views on:

  1. Western human diet observations.
  2. Randomized controlled trials with single nutrients in a western setting.
  3. Extrapolation of observation in western adults to infants.

This means these recommendations are not based on the evolutionary template, which dictates our metabolic and physiological needs.

For example, recommendations for formula milk composition are the opposite of what research on hunter-gatherer mothers’ milk has found. Current recommendations for formula milk state that Linoleic acid content should be high, and saturated fats such as Lauric and Myristic acid should be low. This is the contrary to what we find in mothers on the island of Chole in Tanzania who eat fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and turns out that these people are free of “diseases of civilization”.

Cordially,

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

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About the Author:

Loren Cordain Dr. Loren Cordain is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research emphasis over the past 20 years has focused upon the evolutionary and anthropological basis for diet, health and well being in modern humans. Dr. Cordain’s scientific publications have examined the nutritional characteristics of worldwide hunter-gatherer diets as well as the nutrient composition of wild plant and animal foods consumed by foraging humans. He is the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets and has lectured extensively on the Paleolithic nutrition worldwide. Dr. Cordain is the author of six popular bestselling books including The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Answer, and The Paleo Diet Cookbook, summarizing his research findings.

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