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Is the Mediterranean Diet Good for Kids Too?

The world is warming up to the idea of switching to a Mediterranean diet for its health benefits. But is it good for children? Yes, with a couple of caveats, according to CNN Health. A Mediterranean diet involves eating mostly vegetables, fruits, legumes, unrefined grains and fish, along with nuts and low-fat dairy products.

One reason the Mediterranean diet is so successful is its focus on whole, minimally processed foods. And while many pediatricians warn that very young children should not eat nuts or dairy, aside from making sure the foods are age-appropriate, I am more concerned about the quality of the dairy and fats in this diet. That means opting for healthy fats found in avocados, organic grass-fed raw butter, clarified butter called ghee, olives, organic virgin olive oil and coconut oil, as well as nuts like pecans and macadamia and free-range eggs.

It's also important to avoid sugars and processed grains — and that calls for total avoidance of the processed cereals most kids are used to eating. 

Contrary to popular belief, you do not get fat from eating fat. You get fat from eating too much sugar and grains; hence, the reason for ditching commercial cereals. The truth is eating fat helps you lose fat. Not only that, contrary to popular belief, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a number of important health benefits. In the long run, what you really want is to teach your body to burn fat for fuel before you try the Mediterranean diet.
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