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 involve 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 "alternative 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.
To illustrate, when there is a lack of carbohydrates available, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It turns the 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 requires 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 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 bear 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.
What is more, the Keto diet worsens conditions such as Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease because fat oxidizes accumulated heavy metals in the body. Heavy Metals are associated causes of both epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease according to research. Fat causes accumulated metals in the brain, to oxidize and bleed. This process is known as heavy metal toxicity, which is exacerbated by oxidative stress, which is a known characteristic of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Other Reasons The Keto Diet Is Not Helpful To The Body
Not only does the Keto diet create a fatty liver, it’s a non-nourishing, acidic, and depleting diet as well as a catalyst to becoming a type 2 diabetic. What is more, high protein, low carbohydrate diets, such as the Keto diet, cause the body to use buffer salts to maintain its alkaline balance. This buffer salt is calcium, and it comes from your bones and teeth, resulting in weakening of the teeth and bones.
Notably, in diabetics and other people with kidney problems, once kidneys are damaged, they can't filter the blood like they should. A Keto diet can contribute to this problem by causing protein wastes to build up in the body, resulting in dialysis.
There’s A Better Diet
In the end, the Ketogenic diet, although useful for short-term weight loss, is disastrous for the human body, slowing liver function and output, causing calcium depletion, irreversible weight gain, high blood pressure and ultimately, cardiovascular and can worsen kidney disease.
While eating more greens is always beneficial on any diet plan, the amount of fat and protein on the keto diet is way too high. Because the keto diet is so depleting it will, over time, result in sugar cravings and ultimately weight gain that will be unrelenting due to the liver's inability to store glucose. This is a major downside of the plan.
A better diet for the human body to function optimally, heal, and maintain a healthy weight is a plant-based diet high in the nourishing carbohydrates the body needs to function optimally, such as those in fruits and vegetables. More and more physicians are beginning to suggest that https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/ plant-based diets are the way to go to main health. As always, work closely with your doctor, Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to discover what plant-based foods work best for you.
— Eileen OS (@eosull) September 12, 2017