Among many types of diets out there, the Keto diet is one the famous people are talking about. Nutrition is one important key to keep and maintain a good healthy body. There is a reason why Hippocrates of Kros, a Greek physician says “Food should be our medicine, our medicine should be food”. So it’s always good to watch out for what goes down the belly.😏
Today I will try to easily explain to you what is the Keto diet. And I have a cool infographic for you on how to easily fix a meal based on the Keto diet at the end of the reading!☺️
So what is the Keto diet?🤔
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used mainly to treat hard-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates
Normally carbohydrates in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is important in fueling brain function. But if little carbohydrate remains in the brain and replacing glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood (a state called ketosis) eventually lowers the frequency of epileptic seizures.
I know there are lots of technical terms you might wonder about if you are not a biologist, but one keyword to pay attention to is Ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic adaptation to allow the body to survive in a period of famine. Your body will break down ketone bodies, a type of fuel the liver produces from fat, instead of sugar or glucose from carbohydrates.
This key biologic process gives the Keto diet other health benefits such as reducing blood sugar and insulin levels. It’s also known to help with weight loss.
However, this diet that has gained popularity in recent years is not immune to some critics. According to some information found on the University of Chicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial webpage, Rachel Kleinman, RDN, LDN, a clinical dietitian at Ingalls, said Research on the diet’s effectiveness in treating obesity or diabetes is limited. Another Wellness Dietitian, Mary Condon, RN, LDN, said the keto diet may result in weight loss and lower blood sugars, but it’s a quick fix. “More often than not, it’s not sustainable. Oftentimes weight gain may come back, and you’ll gain more than what you lost,” Condon said. “There’s no one diet that’s good for everyone,” Kleinman said. “Do your research, consult a dietitian, discuss with your doctor, and make sure you’re being safe.” (1)
Other critics come from Healthline citing some risks of the Keto’s diet which are:
• low protein in the blood
•extra fat in the liver
• kidney stones
• micronutrient deficiencies (2)
So what is your opinion on the Keto Diet? Do you have any experience with this diet? Please share your thoughts on the comments sections or any other information that could be useful to other readers.
If you are interested in trying Keto’s diet, below is an infographic I made just for you so you know better how to easily fix a meal based on the Keto diet!
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