Unless you live under a rock or just migrated from a parallel dimension then you have heard of the Ketogenic Diet. Regardless of if it is in magazines, websites, television shows, health journals, and etc., keto is all over the place. I feel that it is actually the more popular trend at the moment than veganism. The question is whether or not the keto diet measures up to the hype.
What is the ketogenic diet?
I am nestled comfortably in my spot in vegan-nation. Therefore, I can’t sit here and honestly say that I am a keto expert. However, since my blog focuses on health, I find it important to have an understanding of the many “diets” that exist. I first had to do some research to find out what the diet is all about. The keto diet consists of eating large amounts of fat and low carbohydrates. This supposedly puts the body in a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a state were the body is burning fat for energy when it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn. Proponents of the keto diet suggest that it leads to rapid weight loss, better mental clarity, and increased energy levels.
After going through many research articles, I came across one that was quite disturbing. Dr. Gemma Newman, whom is a GP and Senior Partner at a family medical practice conducted an interview on http://www.plantbasednews.org. In this interview Dr. Newman calls the keto diet the most dangerous fad of the 21st century. That is crazy to think considering how many people have adopted this way of eating. Dr. Newman along with the Physicians Committee are advising people to avoid keto.
Dr. Newman first describes the short term symptoms of keto. A condition called the “keto flu” which includes nausea and vomiting, constipation, irritability, and lack of energy. I didn’t stress that too much because anytime you cut carbohydrates from your diet or begin a new way of eating your body has to adapt. However, Dr. Newman also informs us that keto is linked to many severe long term side effects such as kidney stones, dehydration, and cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm). He has also discovered five cases of death in children whom were following the ketogenic diet. Dr. Kim Williams is a leading cardiologist and former president of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Williams echoes the same sentiments as Dr. Newman. Dr. Williams agrees that keto diet can produce weight lost and improve other markers in the short term. However, the flawed scientific understanding of the ketosis state can produce harmful long term effects that outweigh the positive short term effects.
So, that will give you something to research if you are considering going keto. I have even seen a keto vegan cookbook and manual. I find the diet to be odd myself. We all know that we need certain fats and certain fats are needed in our diet in moderation. However, the idea of eating a diet that’s loaded with nothing but fat sounds odd and counterproductive. If you decided to go keto please do much research before jumping in headfirst just because it’s the hot fad. I plan on continuing to do more research and keeping my eye on this fad. Until the next post, eat right and stay healthy. By the way, take a few minutes and swing over to https://teespring.com/stores/plant-based-poppin. As a young brother I could be on the corner hustling narcotics, but instead I’m on a health blog selling a positive message that promotes a healthy lifestyle. So please support the Plant Based Poppin brand and let’s get healthy for 2019.