To pretty much any child-feeding advice that you get promoting a low fat, low cholesterol, high grain fiber diet.
I just need to quickly get this off my chest because it's probably better than me interrupting conversations between random people in front of me in the checkout line or in the ultrasound waiting room and spewing my frustration on them. I'm really really disturbed by the blatantly WRONG nutritional information being given to parents regarding the appropriate foods to feed their babies and young children. Here are a few things that really bug me (that's putting it mildly).
1. Children need cholesterol, saturated fat and fat soluable vitamins in their NATURALLY occuring forms (you know, the foods they are found in and NOT a fortified grain product)
2. Iron is vital to child's development so ... Feed them foods rich in Iron. No, oatmeal, rice cereal, and wheat cereal are not foods rich in iron. They are foods incredibly low in iron that are fortified with a hard to absorb supplement that causes constipation. Babies don't even produce the digestive enzyme needed to break down grain until they are over two years old. These same grains actually contain phytic acid that drastically reduces mineral absorption. But guess what is rich in iron? Egg yolks (you don't have to give them the white which can cause allergic reactions in some babies) Liver, and meat. If babies need iron, and the foods that are rich in iron are eggs and meat, then babies probably need eggs and meat.
3. Skim milk is not good for children. It isn't good for adults either. If you drink milk, drink it whole. The fat in Milk is what holds the vitamin A and K2 which are incredibly vital for bone formation and immunity. Vitamin K2 takes minerals and directs them to where they are supposed to go. For instance, the bones rather than the soft tissues. And, while I don't think Milk that is grass-fed and unpasturized is bad for you, I also don't think Milk is essential to good growth and development if you are willing to feed your children tradition foods like bone broths, Nettle infusions, fish with bones and greens. You can be exceptionally healthy with or without dairy if you use it in it's original form.
4. Saturated fat is Good! I promise you it is. Vegetable oils go rancid quickly after processing and all omega 6's and 3's should be obtained from the actual foods they are present in while still in their original form. This would be foods like Almonds, walnuts, vegetables, meats and avocado. Vegetable oils have been associated with cancer and inflammation for decades now (go ahead, look into it. It will probably surprise you how obvious it is). The exception for this is a very high quality codliver oil. The mixture of codliver oil with pastured saturated fat is what good bones are made of :)
Saturated fat is required for a healthy brain and body. That means lard, butter, fatty meats, coconut oil and eggs must be eaten. These foods all have other health promoting qualities as well and they will give your children a healthy brain, a strong body and a beautiful glow. The use of organic cold pressed olive oil that is NOT cooked is okay on salads. Even olive oil goes rancid quickly when heated.
5. Choline is VITAL. Saturated fat is good for you but without Choline, it's bad for your liver. If you eat a high saturated fat diet that is also high in fructose, sugar and insulin spiking foods, your liver will accumulate fat because it doesn't have the right tools to break it down into bile and eliminate it from the body. But all your liver needs is choline. This makes sense because our original diet prior to fifty-ish years ago was high in saturated fat and also high in choline. Choline is found in Egg yolk and liver. Few people eat liver these days and many people eat eggs rarely or even worse, without the yolk. For children, this is crucial for not only the liver but also the brain. Choline during pregnancy and early childhood effects memory and intelligence. Feed your babies egg yolks as a first food and keep on giving it to them until they move out of the house.
6. Babies need bacteria. We all need bacteria. Our whole immunity starts in our guts and antibiotics wipe out our entire beautiful ecosystem. Give babies and children fermented foods and vegetables such as homemade kefir and yogurt, unpasturized sauerkraut and fermented pickles. And that's not all. They need bacteria from everything around them. From dirt and from people. I'm really serious. Do not sterilize your children because you are doing their long term immunity a huge disservice. I'm not telling you to let some sick kids sneeze all over your baby. I'm saying that normal transfer of germs is beneficial.
7. Sugar is hard on your immunse system. It just is. It makes you sick. When you mix sugar and grain and vegetable oil (pretty much any cookie, cake or treat) you get a body wrecking trio. So, limit sugar to very rare occasions for OLDER children and you will help avoid many an illness. Babies never need sugar.
That's it. I just had to vent and I know a million and one people will disagree with me and that the people who read this on a regular basis already know all of this. But when it's inappropriate to say it to someone's face, why not blog about it?:)
And Seriously, results don't lie. Out of our three children, we have had one ear infection and one dose of antibiotics. They have had no cavities and no respitory infections. My youngest was diagnosed with silent reflux and aspirated her vomit for pretty much four months straight without me knowing and she still didn't get an infection. The pediatrician was shocked that she didn't have severe pneumonia. This diet is great and it works. I would never claim that it will keep your kids from ever getting sick. Gretta is just getting over a runny nose and cough but I can say that it will drastically reduce complications from normal infections and give your babies and children a strong immune system that can fight illness on it's own, without medical intervention. It's also great for weight regulation because it nourishes your thyroid gland and revs your metabolism. Especially if you are not relying on grains. If you want any info with, you know, actual references (I'm pregnant. I rant, I don't reference) I will put a huge selection on the bottom of this post.
If you've fed your child traditional foods, I'm interested in knowing how it has worked for you? Has this diet given you the results it's given us?
General feeding advice for babies and children
Vitamin A, D and K2