I came across this article yesterday on the safety of the Paleo diet for children. With a lot of support from the media, we are lead to believe that a diet rich in whole grains is healthy and that is just not so...from Paleo Plan...
"Why Wouldn’t It Be?
The top reasons I’m assuming people think eating Paleo might be dangerous for their child or baby are these:
Not enough nutrients
Too much meat
Not enough dairy (in other words, not enough calcium)
Too much meat
Not enough sugary snack foods?
Now, I could take this opportunity to make fun of people for being brainwashed by multi-gazillion-dollar marketing schemes and demented health “officials” into believing that Cocoa Puffs made with whole wheat (or whatever) are really the paragon of a good breakfast. Or for believing that milk from a different species is a vital part of a human’s diet. Or that sugary snacks are a good thing to give kids. Or adults for that matter. But I won’t because I’m a nice person.
The straight answer to the question, again, is yes. Paleo is safe for children and babies alike. In fact, baby and children humans evolved eating Paleo the same as adult humans did for millions of years. Babies of hunter gatherers were given their mother’s Paleo teat and then their mother’s Paleo food to eat just like all the adults. Our ancestors didn’t grow crops of soy, grains, and sugar just so they could make soy formula and soy crackers and Clif bars and rice cereal for their kids to suckle on before they changed them over to an “adult” diet of meat, fish, veggies, and fruits. You get my point. I strongly believe – ahem… KNOW – that Paleo is safe for kids and babies. They have all the digestive faculties in place to eat Paleo foods (aka “real” foods), and if you make it their only option to eat those foods, most kids won’t hunger strike for very long until they figure out that being hungry sucks."
The article continues on for specific requirements for age groups...