Should You Feed Your Baby a Paleo Diet?
Paleo diets are all the rage right now, and I have to admit that I'm completely guilty of jumping on the bandwagon.
Not because I'm a “fad” person by any means, but because the appeal of eating food that is as close to natural as possible just makes a lot of sense to me. I don't follow a strict Paleo diet at all, but when I can, I like aiming for lots of proteins, fresh foods, and low sugar in my diet. It makes me feel better, and I think I may even be finally starting to drop the baby weight! (A girl can dream, right?)
But one thing I'm not so sure about jumping on the bandwagon about is the new cookbook aimed towards a Paleo diet — for your baby.
Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans thinks he's found the answer to starting your baby out on a healthy diet from the start with the introduction of his book, Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way.
As popular as Paleo may be, the book was immediately halted for health concerns, especially for a homemade baby formula that was made from liver and bone broth and reportedly contained 10 times the safe level of vitamin A for babies.
The Australian government was so concerned about the book that they even feared it could be deadly. “In my view, there's a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,” said Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia, Time reports.
While the American Academy of Pediatricians doesn't currently have a statement for or against the Paleo diet for babies or young children, it recommends a “wide variety” of foods from the food pyramid, including grains, vegetables, fruit, and fats. If you are still interested in living a Paleo lifestyle with your family, there are few “Paleo staples” that are great choices to incorporate into your infant's well-balanced diet once he/she starts solids foods:
- Sweet potatoes (pureed or mashed, once baby can handle chunkier textures)
- Avocados (a great first finger food or mashed)
- Eggs (scrambled are a good first choice)
Would you feed your child a Paleo diet?