Is a Raw Diet Suitable for Children as Well?
As we have established, and I hope this is more than obvious, all the answers are available in nature. I hope we agree that Nature is unsurpassed in its wisdom and as our teacher. Let’s see what other animal species do, who are not confused by nutrition misinformation and whose taste buds are not compromised by unnatural foods.
Take a horse family for example: a dad-horse, mom-mare and baby-foal. What will all three individuals of this graceful family eat? The answer is: horse food, so all three will eat the same – hay, grass, fruits and vegetables. Will the mom-mare worry even for a moment that her baby foal does not have any other foods in their diet other than those suitable for horses? Of course not, because animals only know one thing: what attracts them as food with its natural color, smell and taste is food for them. And if we draw a parallel between the anatomy and the physiology of the digestive system of a given species and the food that attracts them in nature, we see that they have made a good choice.
The same applies to every other animal species, and the human species is not, nor should be, an exception.
- A perfect food for babies
The perfect baby food is breast milk of the same species. Milk teeth indicate the need for this perfect baby food, and when the milk teeth start to fall out, it is a high time that the baby’s diet is fortified with food sources other than the breast milk.
Sweet and fatty, ripe and creamy, fruits follow the breast milk as the perfect baby food.
- Need for more fat
Human breast milk contains about 50% of calories from fat, about 45% of calories from sugar and only about 5% of calories from protein. This indicates that children need a little more fat in their diets than adults. Fatty fruits like avocados, durians, coconuts and asai fruit are those very creamy treats that children rightly prefer. More fat in the diet also means more calories in a smaller package, which perfectly responds to the lower absorption area of the gut in children paired with a period of rapid growth and high activity level.
- How much should children eat?
Let’s take the following example: a baby is breastfeeding. How do you tell that the baby has gotten enough milk at one sitting? Simply, the baby shows that they had enough by stopping to breastfeed at that particular sitting. The same principle is the healthiest for teaching children their relationship with food. Instead of forcing children to have to eat at a predetermined time and to clean everything off their plates, a healthier formation of a child’s relationship with food, is to let children retain their natural instinct and sense of hunger and satiety by providing children with natural foods in sufficient quantities, and leave to the children and their natural bodily intelligence to determine the right time for a meal and the quantity.
Finally, let’s go back to the beginning of this lesson, and understand that although all three horse family members will eat the same food because they have the same digestive tract, the member who spends more energy, either due to having a larger body size or due to being more active, will require to eat more.
I hope this lesson points to the logical approach to diet and provides a sound way to come to the right conclusions.