I’ve been on ketogenic diet for several months and I was wondering if it was safe for my kids to eat a ketogenic diet as well.

I would not recommend any form of restricted diet for healthy children (however the diet can be used to decrease seizures in children with epilepsy). Many sources of carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and dairy have essential vitamins and minerals for growing kids. Even adolescents require higher amounts of certain nutrients and should continue to eat a well-rounded diet with a variety of foods into adulthood.

Feel free to limit (or eat in moderation) carbohydrates like candy, baked goods and sugar-sweetened beverages as these have little nutritional value and can have a detrimental impact on health. Incorporating a balance of healthy carbohydrates, fats and lean protein sources in your kids’ diets is encouraged. Consider using the MyPlate method as a helpful guide to feeding your family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica McGee Jessica McGee, MS, RD, CSP, LD, CNSC, is the Food and Nutrition Services Clinical Nutrition Manager at Children's National Health System.

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