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“Not Banting for Kids” – Tim Noakes’ Raising Superheroes Launched in Cape Town

Jonno Proudfoot, Bridget Surtees and Tim Noakes

Tim NoakesRaising SuperheroesRaising Superheroes, the widely anticipated sequel to the remarkable best-seller The Real Meal Revolution, was officially launched at an evening function at The Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town, on Monday, 14 September. Available in bookstores nationwide, the book is co-authored by chef and entrepreneur, Jonno Proudfoot; scientist, author and athlete, Professor Tim Noakes; and paediatric dietician, Bridget Surtees. Bailey Schneider of SmileFM MC’d the event, and shared her own low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) story of losing 27kgs through banting.

Raising Superheroes’ focus is on giving children the best possible chance of avoiding obesity and diabetes. The diabetes epidemic is described as a “tsunami” by Noakes – “one that will consume and destroy populations and bankrupt governments within the next 10 years if not halted”. The book aims to provide tools and information to continue The Real Meal Revolution’s mission to educate “from the ground-up”.

Says Proudfoot: “Consumers have all the power, we need to build on the revolution that was created with the first book in order to get industry and corporates to open their eyes and make the change. We aren’t promoting anything that isn’t natural, real or wholesome.”

“People have to take their own health into their hands and educate their doctors and communities,” continued Noakes. “There is significant science behind the recipes and suggestions and it’s in every individual’s best interest to take the time to understanding our own human biology. It’s an investment in their future health.”

Surtees – whose career includes extended spells working at University College Hospital in London and Sydney Children’s Hospital in Australia – offers workable evidence- based advice underscored by the practicalities of parenthood. According to Surtees, Raising Superheroes is “a practical, balanced and simple guide for parents that focuses on nutrition and positive food choices. It’s not ‘banting for kids’ and does include some of the carbohydrates that are not suggested for insulin-resistant adults.”

Proudfoot has produced over 120 lipsmacking recipes designed to give children a love for real food and a hunger for greatness. As Proudfoot says: “Real Meal Revolution, the company, started as a partnership between a business, an NGO and a team of researchers. The aim was to make a sustainable success of changing consumer behaviour. As a parent myself, the next logical step was to start looking at what our children are eating – starting in the womb! And to prevent, rather than cure.”

Throughout the book, parents are shown how to eliminate (or drastically reduce) sugar and refined carbohydrates from their children’s diets and to include more real, non-processed whole foods. The chapters explain and demonstrate what children (and mothers) should be eating at every stage in life. From pregnancy to weaning, from toddlers to teens – the book is a step-by-step guide to raising a family in a healthy, practical way that will result in the next generation having a healthy relationship with food. “There are more obese people in the world today than the entire global population 100 years ago. And is there any wonder when there’s up to eight-and-a-quarter teaspoons of sugar in your kids’ favourite cereal, never mind all the added sugar in juice-boxes and treats,” says Proudfoot. “All we’re saying is, rather than trying to turn overweight, unhealthy people into slimmer, healthier versions of themselves, what about stopping them from becoming overweight and unhealthy in the first place?”

One of the age-old beliefs, countered in this book, is that carbohydrates are essential for a child’s growth and brain development. Carbs are also often called a source of dietary fibre and other “essential nutrients” (although consumers are never really told what exactly those nutrients are). Says Noakes: “It is important to remember that there are no essential carbohydrates and that there are only three uses for carbohydrates in the human body. They can be stored as glycogen – the human equivalent of starch – in the liver and muscles; they can be used as an energy fuel; or they must be turned into fat. There are no other alternatives. A growing baby cannot build muscles and bones from carbohydrates nor, for that matter, brains.”

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Watch a short clip of the launch of Raising Superheroes:

The Real Meal Revolution shared some beautiful photos from the event on their Facebook page:


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