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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet:

Keto wouldn’t be so popular if it didn’t have benefits–and there are many of them.

Blood sugar and insulin levels improve:

As ketogenic diets cut out sugar and carbohydrates, blood sugar levels tend to fall. In recent times, many people with diabetes are successfully managing their condition using a keto plan.

Effortless dieting:

Have you ever tried a low-fat diet before? If you have, you may remember how difficult it can be to control food cravings.  However, keto diets encourage satiety due to their higher fat and protein content .

Massive reductions in triglycerides: 

Triglycerides are one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Carbohydrate restriction leads to lower triglyceride levels.

Keto helps manage brain-related diseases and illnesses:

Ketogenic diets can be therapeutic for a variety of brain conditions, whether severe chronic diseases or mild problems. Research shows that being in ketosis has potential benefits for brain tumor cases, depression, epilepsy, and migraines

Significant increase in HDL levels:

Lower intake of carbohydrate combined with higher fat consumption tends to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. Cardiovascular researchers accept that higher HDL levels are protective against heart disease.

Leads to greater weight loss than other diets:

In several studies directly comparing low-carb and low-fat diets, diets low in carbohydrate promote more significant weight loss. This weight loss is likely due to greater satiety from foods higher in fat and protein.

May protect against some cancers:

Cancer cells have a preference for glucose to fuel growth. And while they can still grow in carbohydrate-restricted conditions, some studies suggest that ketogenic diets may help prevent/fight certain cancers. At present, clinical trials are ongoing .

Note: This is still very early science and there is no clear evidence on the topic. No diet should be considered as an alternative to conventional treatment.

Possible benefits for Alzheimer’s disease:

Further research is necessary, but ketogenic diets may help by supplying the brain with ketones, which it can use for energy. Alzheimer’s patients have impaired glucose metabolism, and studies show ketone levels positively correlate with memory performance and cognition.

Reduction in blood pressure:

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Conventional advice may over-estimate the impact of salt, and excessive refined carbohydrate intake has a larger effect on blood pressure than sodium.

Ketogenic diets naturally reduce refined carb consumption, and many following such diets experience a decrease in blood pressure

It’s enjoyable, and it’s sustainable:

And this last one’s pretty obvious. What sounds more appealing to you: low-fat crackers, skim milk, and a fat-trimmed chicken breast? Or steak, cheese, and some dark chocolate?

Key Point: Ketogenic diets have a lot of potential health benefits, but we shouldn’t claim them to be a cure-all solution. Keto is also very sustainable because most of the food tastes delicious.

By Michael Joseph, MSc