If you have a child who is in pain, good nutrition can play a positive role for conditions that involve inflammation.
The food we eat can play a big role in how healthy we are. You can easily see what happens to a car when it is given the wrong fuel. The human body is so adaptable it can manage lots of different food sources, but it works best on good fuel, and the wrong fuel can lead to big problems.
Why is this important? At a very basic level, if your child is dealing with an illness of some kind, they already have challenges. The last thing a parent would want is to give them additional challenges to deal with. Good nutrition – good fuel – gives your child a chance to face their challenges from a solid footing, and doesn’t have them fighting on additional fronts.
If you are already paying careful attention to a healthy diet, great. However, if you are on a low-fat diet, I’d like to suggest you look into the question of what constitutes good nutrition more deeply.
This is a difficult topic to understand, as there are so many messages pushing us towards low-fat thinking. It would be easiest to take the mainstream view for granted, and assume the advice our public agencies give us about good nutrition is good advice. Right now, I think there is scientific evidence that suggests we owe it to our children to look very carefully at this matter indeed.
Good nutrition is of course a far broader topic than the question of the role of fat in someone’s diet. And nutrition only one factor in the overall puzzle of good health. To complicate things further, when it comes to nutrition some factors apply to everyone while other factors relate solely to the individual.
There are vital matters of importance for your child’s health at stake and this is not a quick and trivial topic. But if you delve into this one and follow the evidence, you can at least make decisions about nutrition based on more evidence.
I certainly don’t suggest you take my word for it. But I do suggest you do your own research and form your own opinion as to whether the messages we get from our public health advocates about fat are helpful when it comes to ensuring your child gets the nutrition they need.
Would you be prepared to invest an hour of your time in understanding the evidence that underpins mainstream low-fat thinking? If not, skip to the bottom and I’ll provide some shorter articles that suggest why you should consider this issue in more detail.
I highly recommend you view this video from Dr Peter Attia. Read Peter’s introductory article, or jump right in and view the video below.
Haven’t viewed the video yet? Here are some short articles on this matter – hopefully they encourage you to watch the full video from Peter.
Short articles about the evidence behind fat in our diet:
- The fats and the furious: how the row over diet heated up
- Michael Mosley: I’m Proof That Eating Fat Can Be Good For You
- Gary Taubes: What If It’s All Been A Big Fat Lie
- Peter Attia: The Great Medical Disconnect
- Chris Kresser: The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy
And a bit of a longer one:
- UK National Obesity Forum: Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking to Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes