What the Keto diet conceals

pork ribs with BBQ sauceThe ketogenic diet is a high fat, very low carb diet, with moderate amounts of animal-based proteins, that has helped people lose weight and lower blood sugar levels, but while it has those beneficial effects, on some people, it’s an extreme diet that misrepresents itself as healthy.

The keto diet is very high in fat. Nuts are a good source of fat, but, nuts have some carbs, so only a small portion of nuts are included in a true keto diet.

Fat has very few nutrients, and is very high in calories, so unless you’re eating fewer calories on a ketogenic diet plan, you’ll either stay at your current weight, or gain fat. For the general population, no more than 30% is recommended of your total calories should come from fat, but even that number is way too high. Everyone should aim to keep their daily total fat intake below 10%.

The proponents of the keto diet either downplay, or dispute the facts that a ketogenic diet can cause constipation (due to it’s low-fiber), dehydration (due to lack of fruit and whole-food carbs), muscle loss (carbs, not just protein, build muscle), and high cholesterol. Saturated fats, like coconut oil, butter, and meat also increases the risk of vision loss (1).

Companies don’t want to reveal, or refuse to recognize the product they created is harmful because that would mean lawsuits, and decreased earnings. People ignore facts of unhealthy diets because it’s a diet they enjoy, and it works for them, and they don’t believe other diets will work, or they don’t want to give any other plan a chance. Don’t take a company’s overblown claims as fact; do your own research with summaries from reputable organizations, but the bottom line is that you want to eat a variety of fruits, nuts & grains (if tolerated), seeds, lean proteins, greens, and lots of vegetables daily; In addition, keep processed fats, like oils to a minimum, if you want to be healthy and lean.

  1. Source: “Are you at risk for these eye conditions?” Parade Magazine. Stay Healthy. 16 Feb 2020. Page 6. Print.

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