A mum has sparked a fierce debate online after she shared the keto lunch she made for her daughter.
Abby shared the contents of her 11-year-old’s lunchbox on TikTok where she has amassed more than half a million followers with her ketogenic recipes.
A keto diet, according to Healthline, is a low carb, high fat diet “which lowers blood sugar and insulin levels and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones” – a type of chemical that your liver produces when it breaks down fats.
In a video that has been viewed by more than 7.6 million people, she said: “My 11-year-old’s keto and this is what I made her for lunch.”
The lunch featured a lettuce wrap with shredded chicken and cheddar cheese, a side of strawberries and blueberries, as well as a portion of watermelon, which she says will be a nice surprise as “typically we don’t include watermelon in our regular everyday ketogenic lifestyle as it has more carbs and sugar then we would usually eat.”
She also added a hardboiled egg and two slices of cheddar cheese.
“Our entire family eats this way, my five-year-old, our puppies and my husband,” she concluded the clip.
While a number of people loved the look of the lunch, a number of others thought it was “weird” her 11-year-old was on a diet.
Since being posted, the video has received almost one million likes and 10,000 comments from divided users.
One person said: “Aaaabsolutely not.”
Another commented: “Why is your 11-year-old on a diet? Weird.”
“How… is the dog… keto?” asked someone else.
A woman who claimed to be a registered dietician said: “You need carbs. Good ones. Know how to portion them. Keto is a no, please don’t do keto I beg y’all.”
But others rushed to defend the mum, as one said: “But y’all would be mad if it was a lunchable and junk.”
“This food looks healthy and it doesn’t sound like she is strict keto either as strawberries and watermelon and generally not allowed,” wrote another, but they crossed the line at the dog being on a keto diet.
“But the dog? No!” they exclaimed.
Whilst a third person said: “I’m not sure why people are mad because your kids eat this way? Looks good and nutritious to me.”
In a separate video, Abby addressed the criticism.
“If your child isn’t on a diet, what’s wrong with you?” she began.
“Your child has to be on a diet. A diet is just food and drinks that you constantly consume – habitual nourishment.
“A diet is not synonymous with weight loss, a diet is not even synonymous with restriction.
“Come on now, a lot of us have been on diets our entire life, just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you lose weight.”