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What foods can your child eat on the ketogenic diet for epilepsy?

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Your child's diet will have a lot of fat. To put it in perspective, in a healthy diet for kids, about 25%-40% of calories come from fat. In the ketogenic diet, about 80%-90% of calories come from fat.

So your child's meals are loaded with fats while portions of protein, and especially carbs, are small. In the typical ketogenic diet, kids get three to four times as much fat at each meal compared to carbs and protein combined.

What does that mean in practice?  Most high-carb foods -- like bread, pasta, sweets, and more -- are off the menu. Your doctor will usually start with this first...but there are also modifications. If it works, you can usually step down to more of a modified atkins and slow introduce carbs. This usually involves carb counting and monitoring ratio of carbs to fats.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

UpToDate: "The ketogenic diet and other dietary therapies for the treatment of epilepsy."

The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies: "Classic Ketogenic and Modified Ketogenic."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Epilepsy Center: Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): "Ketogenic Diet."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

UpToDate: "The ketogenic diet and other dietary therapies for the treatment of epilepsy."

The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies: "Classic Ketogenic and Modified Ketogenic."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Epilepsy Center: Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): "Ketogenic Diet."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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