3 Alternative Facts About the Keto Diet That Everyone Thinks Are True
While many people rely on the Ketogenic diet to lose weight or regain their health, many are unknowingly causing harm to their body, according to research.
The Keto diet is a trendy diet used by medical doctors that involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with high amounts of fat. The reduction in carbohydrates puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis that can have serious consequences for your health, since very high levels of ketones can make your blood more acidic and overburden your kidneys. Here are some BS facts about the Keto diet that everyone thinks are true.
Alternative Fact # 1 - The ketogenic diet (keto) provides numerous health benefits.
Here’s why that’s not true: Fats are the majority of the daily calorie intake on a keto diet. Therefore, the allowance of 5% carbohydrates couldn’t be more damaging to your health.
When there is a lack of carbohydrates, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can, by default supply energy for the brain. The brain will accept this source of energy in lieu of glucose for a short period of time, although glucose is what the brain prefers to function optimally.
When you eat ample amounts of good carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, or blood sugar, which becomes the fuel that keeps your body going—and what keeps you alive. This is quite a big difference from the Keto Diet, where your body is having to resort to burning fat as an energy source, when it so desperately requires glucose to function.
When your glucose levels rise, your pancreas spits out a hormone called insulin. Insulin moves the glucose out of your bloodstream and into your cells where it is (correctly) used for energy. This is the process that keeps your blood sugar stable.
Additionally, the Keto Diet causes a fatty liver, according to research. High blood fat from a high fat diet such as the Keto diet, can put a major strain on your liver, pancreas, and adrenals, which work together to manage blood sugar levels. When you eat a diet so high in fat, your liver has to bare the burden of processing the fat. What is more, high-fat diets make the liver sluggish and ultimately unable to store and release glucose, according to a Yale study. This condition is commonly known as called non-alcoholic fatty liver. What is more, the excess fat also burdens your pancreas because it needs to release enzymes to aid fat digestion.
That being said, on a high fat diet, some of your cells may stop responding to insulin –insulin resistance – and your blood sugar levels will remain elevated, putting you at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Alternative Fact #2: Use full-fat dairy items only.
Here’s Why That’s Not True: The Keto diet claims to include only so-called healthy fats, but then instructs that dairy is fine to eat. This is dangerous nutrition advice, since nothing can take down a healthy liver faster than dairy. This is because dairy is the worst kind of fat for the human body, especially in liberal amounts.
While the Keto Diet is a diet plan high in fat and dairy, what is being ignored is the fact that the lactose, or sugar, in dairy, specifically binds to fat. This is what dairy is meant for -- to grow a cow. Not surprisingly, lactose binding to fat leads to fatty liver, which in the long run, will cause the body to gain weight unrelentingly due to insulin resistance.
Alternate Fact #3: Ketogenic diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
Here’s why that’s not true. Ketogenic diets cause type 2 diabetes because their high fat content overburdens the liver making it sluggish and ultimately, insulin resistant.
As far as cancer goes, the high fat Keto diet can stop oxygen from getting into the blood. This is a breeding ground for cancer, according to research.