The ketogenic diet was initially created to treat neurological diseases; however, over the last century, countless researches have been implemented to examine the other health benefits of ketogenic diets. Keto has been proved to offer benefits for a myriad of health conditions:
Heart disease: The ketogenic diet can increase cholesterol levels and decrease body fat and blood sugar—all risk factors affecting heart disease.
Cancer: Keto is currently being applied to treat cancers and slow the development of tumors.
Alzheimer’s disease: Keto may decrease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or slow its development.
Epilepsy: Research has shown that the ketogenic diet can cause a sizeable decline in the number of seizures appeared in epileptic children.
Parkinson’s disease: One study proved that the diet helped decrease Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Polycystic ovary syndrome: Keto can decrease insulin levels, which may play a critical role in treating polycystic ovary syndrome.
Brain injuries: One research conducted on animals found that keto can support concussion recovery and post-brain injury recovery.
Acne: Eating less sugar and processed foods lead to lower insulin levels which helps reduce the possibility and frequency of breakouts.
Diabetes: Keto can enhance insulin sensitivity and increase fat loss, which are remarkable benefits for people with type 2 diabetes.
Although more evidence is needed to support keto’s other health benefits. It is quite remarkable, though, that a diet initiated to treat neurological disorders has been able to reduce weight, and could potentially be developed further to treat a large number of human ailments.
Foods to Avoid in Keto
Any food that is high in carbohydrates should be eliminated or removed while attempting to apply ketosis. Some of these foods include:
Sugary foods: Cake, ice cream, sweet, soda, fruit juice
Grains or starches: Cereal, pasta, rice, bread, all wheat-based foods
Fruit: All fruit should be limited, with the exception of certain type of berries.
Beans: Peas, kidney beans, red beans, chickpeas, lentils
Root vegetables: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots,
Low-fat packaged products: These products are highly processed and usually filled with a lot of carbs.
Condiments and sauces: Many condiments and sauces have sugar or unhealthy fats. Read the labels!
Unhealthy fats: Limit fats like vegetable oil and mayonnaise.
Alcohol: Alcohol beverages are high in carbs
Sugar-free diet foods: These products are highly processed and high in sugar, which affect ketone levels.