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Can children eat too much protein?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I personally don't believe and I think the science can support the case that adults cannot eat to much protein. However, what about for children since their digestive organs are still developing? My 1 year old consistently east 2-4 ounces of poultry/meat/fish 3 times a day and also breastfeeds 3 times a day. He also eats a ton of veges/tubers and some fruit. He is currently 26lbs. He seems to have NO issues and his bowls are normal and does not have any digestive issues. He actually hardly even passes gas, which was totally different from my first child (he ate grains when he was 1).

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on August 24, 2011
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If my parents listened to me I would have had Capt'n Crunch, 3 bowls a day with snacks of Coco Crisps for lunch,. Oh, come to think of it, they did listen to me. I was fat from 3rd grade until my Paleo Awakening...too long to be fat. Poor me...wahh wahh wahh!

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on August 24, 2011
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I dunno about poisoning, but isn't it the case that allergic kids sometimes crave the food they're allergic to?

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on August 24, 2011
at 02:34 PM

As far as I know the only protein taboos that trad societies have are on pregnant women.

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on August 24, 2011
at 05:12 PM

These first two studies are about infants, and the second two about pregnant women:

http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476%2869%2980222-2/abstract
http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476%2874%2980337-9/abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12915635
http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/38/6/1282.long

If I had a kid, I'd offer ample amounts of all the macronutrients (in safe form) and just see what ratios they naturally trend towards. I doubt kids would poison themselves.

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on August 24, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I dunno about poisoning, but isn't it the case that allergic kids sometimes crave the food they're allergic to?

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on August 24, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Let your kid tell you what they want, a child isn't going to be biologically driven to overdose on any nutrient - just offer healthy options :)

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:38 PM

If my parents listened to me I would have had Capt'n Crunch, 3 bowls a day with snacks of Coco Crisps for lunch,. Oh, come to think of it, they did listen to me. I was fat from 3rd grade until my Paleo Awakening...too long to be fat. Poor me...wahh wahh wahh!

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on August 24, 2011
at 02:53 PM

I don't have any scientific data, but my 19-month-old eats about the same as yours (although he does not nurse)- meat or eggs 3x/day with plenty of veggies and I don't really worry about it. If he isn't showing any signs of digestive distress and he's thriving, keep doing what you're doing!

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:35 PM

The protein requirement from nature is 1 gram of protein per kilo gram of weight for a breast feeding infant. At that stage, we are growing muscle, bone at the fastest rate in our lives. Nature says, 1 gram of protein to 1 kilo gram of body weight. I won't argue with Mother Nature. She is beautiful but eats her own children. That's what nature says.

As far as the science supporting too much protein is harmful, the science is " pretty robust". Dr. Ron Rosedale

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on August 24, 2011
at 07:06 PM

I am a man, married without children, so I am just throwing out my blissfully ignorant opinion into the ring.

I would imagine that a healthy child eating whole foods, breastfeeding, etc. would be able to self regulate food intake pretty well.

If you were pumping the kid up with protein shakes, muscle milk, etc., then there might be reason for concern, but he sounds he's doing well with his current regiment.

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