3 Solid Reasons To Ditch The Keto Diet And Go Vegan

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When it comes to side effects of the Keto diet more and more evidence is piling up against the Keto diet being healthy. Vegan diets are more nourishing and assimilable, allowing for easier and more efficient digestion as well as more vibrant health where the Keto diet stresses the organs, slows digestion and overtime can manifests disease.

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High Protein Diets That Put You In Ketosis Are Essentially Starvation Diets

The Keto Diet is a low carbohydrate, high protein, high fat diet -- even if you’re eating chicken and fish.These types of so-called starvation diets put the body into a state of ketosis and force it to use body fat as its main source of energy. This is why the dieter will lose weight. But then, something remarkable will happen—there will be a strong and sudden urge for carbs. This is only natural, of course, due to the fact that your body, muscles and nervous system run on carbs and cannot function properly without them.

Conversely, the vegan diet is a high carbohydrate, low fat diet that promotes a healthful lifestyle, and in many cases can reverse disease according to research. “Vegans, compared with omnivores, consume substantially greater quantities of fruit and vegetables. A higher consumption of fruit and vegetables, which are rich in fiber, folic acid, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, is associated with lower blood cholesterol concentrations, a lower incidence of stroke, and a lower risk of mortality from stroke and ischemic heart disease” according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. There are many side effects of the Keto diet. Here are three solid reasons to ditch the Keto diet and go vegan:

1. Animal Protein Diets Cause Cancer

If you are eating animal protein at every meal, you are essentially eating a high protein diet. Perhaps one of the most serious side effects of the keto diet is the amount of animal protein allowed on the plan. Research shows that animal protein is as cancer-causing as smoking. Despite this, many people opt for the Keto diet to take off weight, although people who eat a high animal protein diet during middle age are more likely to die of cancer than those who eat less protein according to a recent study. Where you may have needed a bit more animal protein when you were younger, as you hit middle age, too much animal protein in the diet has an opposite and devastating effect.

Conversely, a vegan, low fat, high carbohydrate diet has been shown to prevent cancer. A new study from Loma Linda University, funded by the National Cancer Institute reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. “Vegan women, for example, had 34 percent lower rates of female-specific cancers such as breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer compared to a group of healthy omnivores who ate substantially less meat than the general population (two servings a week or more), as well as after controlling for non-dietary factors such as smoking, alcohol, and a family history of cancer.”

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2. The Keto Diet Slows Liver Function

To add to the side effects of the Keto diet, here’s a deep dark secret of being on the Keto diet for an extended period of time -- it will eventually slow down your liver function. A recent Yale study has linked high fat diets with fatty liver. Keto diets and high fat diets in general, cause fatty liver. Eating a high fat, high protein, also causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is the cause type 2 diabetes.

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Not surprisingly, a high carbohydrate diet, such as a vegan diet, has been shown in studies to reverse sluggish liver, thwarting heart disease and its symptoms. A vegan diet also prevents type 2 diabetes.

3. High Protein Diets Slow Digestion

Thanks to the time it takes cooked protein to travel through the digestive tract, high protein, low carbohydrate diets do not allow for efficient digestion. This is not good news for your gut health and it certainly isn’t good news for your long-term health. Interestingly, when it comes to eating a high protein diet, research has shown that “cooking temperature is one of the key determinants of digestion speed. Relative to raw meat, the speed of digestion was increased at a cooking temperature of 70°C, and decreased at a cooking temperature above 100°C. This effect was explained by a progressive denaturation of proteins, which exposes cleavage sites to digestive enzymes, at low temperatures, and oxidation leading to protein aggregation, which hides cleavage sites, at high temperatures.”

Keto Diet Puts The Body Into Crisis Mode

Because it contains no carbs, the Keto diet puts the body into a crisis state, or ketosis. This forces the body to run on adrenaline. You might feel really good at the beginning of the Keto diet, especially if you also cut out processed foods. You will loose weight at first, because the diet forces the body to take stored fat and use as an energy source but there is a price to pay with the resulting adrenal fatigue, liver issue and hypoglycemia in the long run.

Nourish, Nourish, Nourish...

Good nourishment and resulting good health is about assimilating nutrients. This can only happen by consistently eating nourishing foods that move through the digestive tract swiftly and efficiently. There is no digestive efficiency with a Keto diet. Instead, the high fat and protein intake of the Keto diet slows the process of digestion. Over time, the slowing of digestion will cause an accumulation of unfriendly bacteria in the gut. Vegan diets, especially those that contain more raw foods, provide the nourishment, protein, carbohydrates and fiber the digestive system needs to function optimally, prevent disease and ensure wellness.

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You Will Not Gain Weight On A Raw Vegan Diet

It is misinformation that eating a high carbohydrate, raw vegan diet of mostly fruit (and vegetables) will cause you to gain weight. This will only occur if you are eating a junk food vegan diet or if you're eating high amounts of fruit along with high amounts of protein and fat. Once the unnecessary high protein and fat is removed from the diet, you will find that you will lose weight and will therefore need to eat more frequent vegan meals, especially if you’re training. Sadly, staying on a Keto diet long-term will result in weight gain over time.

Can It Be More Obvious?

With the high fat Keto diet causing eventual weight gain, a sluggish liver, poor digestion and ultimately cancer -- versus the vegan diet, which keeps weight low, improves liver function and maintains swift and efficient digestion, is there any other way to eat? Ultimately, that’s for you to decide.

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