The keto diet is one of the most restrictive diet on the scene these days and is very difficult to follow as are all restrictive diets. The same can be said for the very low fat diet – when it was the popular diet of a few decades ago, many people complained that is was difficult to sustain for long. Let’s face it, our nutrient needs are not totally met when we remove entire food groups like fats and carbs from our menus and our bodies tell us so.
Want to try a ketogenic diet without eating so much meat, bacon, and butter? Ketotarian means a low carbohydrate vegetarian approach – basically eating healthy carbs, limiting the starchy plant foods and refined carbs (potatoes, rice, pasta e.g.) and staying with the less starchy vegetables like greens and cruciferous vegetables.
There is some new ongoing research on whether a ketogenic diet can help protect against cancer. Interesting since to my knowledge, there has been little attention paid to this diet approach in cancer inhibition.
Both the Paleolithic and Ketogenic diets have been in the spotlight for the past few years now. How do they compare in safety, efficacy, and which is easiest to follow? Which one is healthiest?
The first article from Authority Nutrition does an excellent job of answering these questions and simply explains the pros and cons of both of them. The second article provides more details from the critics of the ketogenic diet. The long-term effects of consuming very low carbohydrate combined with a high fat diet has, to my knowledge never been tested in a long-term trial or in an epidemiological sense with the exception of using the keto diet for epilepsy treatment primarily in children.
Another example of a published study that reports to reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes using either calorie restriction (800 cal/day) or a very low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. If this finding involved a new drug that provided the same results, this news would be a hot topic in the medical headlines and reviewed by medical professionals. Instead, they remain relatively quiet, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
If these results continue to be spread by anecdotal evidence reported on the internet, individuals with type 2 diabetes may attempt to reduce their calorie or carbohydrate intake without the medical support and advice they may need. For example, to my knowledge, “nutritional ketosis” has never been studied for its long term effects on health. Everyone should consult with their primary care physician before changing to a highly restrictive diet.