Is a Low-Carb Diet Safe for Kids?

What’s Bad about Low-Carb Diets for Kids?

While your preteen or high schooler may look like an adult, his or her needs for certain nutrients are higher than yours, and drastically decreasing carbs may be asking for trouble. “Cutting back on nutritious carbohydrate-containing foods, such as whole grains, fruits and veggies, can lead to deficiencies for several nutrients, including fiber and a long list of B vitamins,” Castle says.

In addition, when you decrease nutritious high-carb foods in your eating plan, there’s not much left to eat. Castle says she is concerned about kids loading up on protein and fat to fill in for the missing carbohydrates. “In addition, low-carb diets can sap a teen’s energy, which is disastrous for athletes because carbohydrates are the primary fuel for exercise,” she says.

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