No, you wouldn’t, would you?
And yet many out there either well into paleo eating or at least knowledgeable about it still allow their kids to consume all sorts of sweets, especially on October 31 and well into the next week. For some, the sheer volume of candy is astounding. We’re talking pounds of it.
I refuse to give kids candy or sweet drinks; any time, any place, any circumstance. And less important is that actual specific piece of candy or soda pop, but what it conditions them to want to eat in the years to come. I did set out a bowl of treats on Halloween, but it was small packages of 86% cacao dark chocolate. That’s as far as I’ll ever go.
Fatty liver disease is rampant in children (lots more here), and unless caused by some genetic defect, the cause is plain and simple: sugar and specifically, fructose, which constitutes 50-60% of the sugar in candy, cookies, cakes and sweet drinks.
…a University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine-led team studied 742 autopsy reports and tissue analysis of San Diego County children aged two to 19 who died from traumatic accidents, homicide or suicide and had a medical examiner autopsy between 1993 and 2003.
The study, published in the October issue of Pediatrics, found that fatty liver was present in 13% of the children and adolescents whose records were studied.
Fructose is metabolized in the liver just like alcohol, so, giving them a piece of candy, in terms of the liver, is really not much different than giving them a shot of whiskey. It astounds me that parents, grandparents and so many others are so irresponsible in this way. Look around, people. What do you see? And when you not only give candy to kids, but defend it and even get indignant at the thought of denying them, you are no better — far worse, actually — than someone who makes excuses for and enables destructive alcoholics and addicts.
Update: Reader Kathy writes in, saying:
I have been trying to convert my grown kids to the paleo lifestyle but didn’t realize how successful I had been until my son put up this video of my grandson.
He ordered his beef from U.S. Wellness Beef and gave him a piece of brisket to chew on.
I was diagnosed as Type II diabetic about a year ago and promptly did my own research and came upon the Drs. Eades, Jimmie Moore, you, Tom Naughton etc. and decided to try low carb. My husband I both lost 40 lbs and I am no longer diabetic.
Now go check out this video of a 6-month-old chewing on a nice piece of brisket.