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Raising a Child Sans Sugar & Wheat

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Founder of The Paleo Diet
December 2, 2009
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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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