Paleo cookbook could ‘kill babies’
Health experts force delay in publication after fears paleo lifestyle could ‘kill babies’.

The publication of a paleo cookbook for babies has been put on hold after health experts expressed grave concerns that the recipes in the book could harm or even kill babies, according to Time.

Plans for the Australian cookbook entitled “Bubba Yum Yum: the Paleo Way” ground to a halt pending investigation from health authorities. The book is co-authored by celebrity chef Pete Evans and contains recipes including one for a DIY baby formula made out of chicken liver and bone broth, as well as recipes with runny eggs and added salt.
Health experts warned the public about the dangers of limiting a child’s diet; the cookbook follows the paleo diet in which no dairy, grains or pulses are allowed and only meat and vegetables are eaten.

The proposed paleo baby formula was a particular problem area as it was said to contain 10 times the safe amount of vitamin A and there were fears that parents would use it to replace breast milk.

"High risk to babies"

Heather Yeatman, the president of the Public Health Association in Australia slammed the lack of milk products in the formula, and stated that there would be a high risk that a baby would die on such a diet.

Responsible nutrition for kids and parents

In contrast, local author Inè Reynierse states in her family-friendly cookbook “Low Carb is Lekker” [Struik, 2015] that babies should breastfeed for at least six months where possible, and also makes it clear that she’s not a medical professional, so readers should consult their doctors before radically changing what they eat. She also allows for small amounts of dairy for children.

Banting guru Tim Noakes has noted that the LCHF eating style can be beneficial for older children suffering from obesity. He also allows for some dairy in his lifestyle nutrition plan.

Experts agree that nutrient-rich breast milk is best for babies and should, where possible, be the primary source of nutrition for babies.

Previously noted on Parent24:

Some experts have suggested that LCHF eating plans may not be beneficial for growing children and suggest that a more balanced nutrition plan is better for young children. Here’s more on potential risks of an LCHF lifestyle: Low carb diet: health body issues warning.

Pregnant women are especially encouraged to speak to a medical professional to find out the potential risks that such an eating plan could have on their body and to foetal development.

There are some outspoken critics of Noakes and his enthusiasm for LCHF living and there are those who are avid converts.

Some restaurants have started including banting-friendly menu options, and there are hundreds of recipes available for people searching for delicious ways of adopting the lifestyle plan.

There are no long-term study results available on the effects of a Banting eating plan on children.

The consensus so far has been that responsibility is of utmost importance when choosing how to feed your children and that babies and growing children require specifically balanced nutrition plans.

Always consult your doctor when in doubt.

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