Kate Gosselin: I Feed My Twins Protein Shakes — But Experts Say This Could Be Bad!

Mon, April 11, 2011 4:29pm EDT by 14 Comments

We know Kate is a health nut — but could her yummy breakfast option for her 10-year-old girls actually hurt them? We spoke to two experts who warn it may not be the best way for kids to start the day!

Is Kate Gosselin — a busy mom-of-eight — cutting corners with her eldest daughters Cara and Mady Gosselin? Kate took to her Twitter on April 10 to tell her fans what she eats for breakfast and that she gives her girls protein shakes.

“I eat fiber cereal & skim milk/coffee. Also, I make AM protein shakes for my 10-year-olds for breakfast & have one too occasionally.”

HollyBaby.com was a little surprised — and we learned that although protein is important part of any kid’s diet, shake sin the morning could instill bad habits in the girls!

“Kate’s protein shakes can be a delicious, healthy, fast, fun way in which to provide her children with the protein and vitamins that their growing bodies need,” says nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot, creator of The F-Factor Diet. “But teaching your kids from an early age to ‘drink your calories’ — obesity is growing at overwhelming proportions — the last thing we want is to have our kids learn bad habits such as drinking your calories [such as juices, colas, and sugary beverages].”

It’s certainly better than serving kids sugary cereals, dense bagels, or sweetened breakfast bars. The problem with these foods: they often contain no protein, which is critical for kids to grow and repair muscle and tissue. Protein also can provide energy when carbohydrates are not available.

Keri Glassman, an NYC dietician and founder of NutritiousLife.com, agrees with Tanya. Keri doesn’t see why kids should drink protein shakes unless instructed by a doctor. And it’s difficult to know which protein supplement to buy.

“Protein shakes for children are usually not necessary unless there is a specific reason, such as failure to thrive,” Keri says. “Aside from kids not needing additional protein, many are filled with artificial ingredients such as artificial sweeteners. Too much protein can be taxing on the kidneys and rob your body of other important nutrients.”

What do you think, HollyMoms? Should Kate be serving protein shakes to the twins?

— Chloe Melas

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