. . Babies on keto may have the best chance to truly thrive and optimize their health. Think about this.
0:04 Are ketones normal for a baby?
0:25 Ketones are not meant to be an alternative fuel
0:37 Babies brain development
1:52 Babies on formula vs. breastmilk
2:32 If we started out on ketones, why would we change anything?
In this video, we’re going to talk about why babies thrive on keto.
When a woman is pregnant, especially during the last trimester, 30% of all of the energy fed to that baby is from ketones. Once the baby is born, for the first two hours, they’re running off of lactate. But, after that, they convert to ketones again.
Ketones are not meant to be an alternative fuel. In fact, breast milk is loaded with MCT fats, which then turn into ketones.
A baby’s brain makes up between 11-12% of their entire body weight, as compared to an adult brain, which only makes up 2% of the weight. With a newborn, 75% of all of the energy used is for the brain. An adult uses 20-25% of energy for the brain.
Ketones not only provide a good amount of fuel for an infant’s brain, but they also provide the building blocks for the lipids of the infant’s brain. Ketones also supply the brain with 90% of the carbon to make the white matter.
Babies are born with extra fat because that fat can help supply more ketones. But, formulas are like giving a baby a high carb diet. The glucose and carbohydrates will prevent the ketones from being used as fuel. Consider trying to breastfeed as long as possible. In the process, make sure you’re eating foods with all of the ket nutrients. That way, the child has the best chance of optimizing their IQ, bone formation, the reduction of risk of different diseases, and their longevity.
If we started out on ketones, why would we want to go to a high carb diet?