Medical Mondays is here again and today’s topic, “how can keto not be bad for you.” ____________________
When discussing keto with individuals who know little to nothing about this way of eating, an all too common response is, “how can that be healthy? You’re going to have a heart attack! I could never eat that much fat!” While it is true that the ketogenic diet is considered a somewhat high fat diet, that’s only a piece of the bigger puzzle that makes up this way of eating. High fat, as it pertains to the ketogenic diet, is really a relative term. It is relative to the percentage of calories coming from each source (fat, carb, and protein), and is likely not much higher (in grams) than most of the people who seem so concerned about it are already eating. It is also important to remember that 80% of your cholesterol is generated by the body and has very little to do with what you’re eating. Then research continues to point out that we were incorrect in assuming that dietary fat played the same role in influencing heart disease, especially when obtained from healthy sources.
So how can keto be healthy? That’s simple! It trains your body to burn off fat and helps to control a number of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other conditions. By burning fat, you ensure that you actually use up the cholesterol you’re generating, you burn off extra body fat, you decrease vascular resistance (which can improve hypertension), you reduce serum blood glucose and insulin levels thereby reducing risk for vascular damage... I mean, you start to wonder how this way of eating CAN’T be healthy... ____________________
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