keto

5 critical reasons why you need to avoid this popular diet

It’s not all success stories.

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A “ketogenic” or keto diet is an eating regime that is designed to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. In ketosis, the body will burn fat — instead of carbs — for fuel.

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The keto diet rests on three essential tenets:

  1. It is high fat
  2. It is high protein
  3. It is low carb

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Proponents say the diet can lead to weight loss. But it can also help treat certain rare conditions, like Dravets Syndrome, which is characterized by severe epilepsy.

But a growing mountain of research suggests the diet has serious drawbacks when it comes to health.

Here are 5 essential reasons to avoid the keto diet...

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5. Keto can mess with your gut bacteria

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Think of your gut as a city that thrives on diversity created by a healthy diet. Mounting evidence suggests gut health influences other aspects of health, as well as mental wellbeing and our immune system.

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Keto severely limits intake of many of the foods shown to best promote gut health, like legumes and root vegetables. And as a result, your gut — and all the systems it affects — could suffer, too.

4. Keto is low in fiber

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A high-fiber diet helps keep you regular, and unfortunately, keto doesn’t help in that department. Keto limits intake of high-fiber foods like apples.

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Consider this: There’s a post in the Reddit keto group r/keto titled “I miss pooping.

3. Red meat factors heavily in keto

And red meat is not great for you.

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High fat, high protein, and low carb, red meat can feature prominently in keto diets.

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But various studies, including a 2016 study, have found that eating red meat is linked to heart disease, kidney problems, and more.

2. Keto may affect neurodevelopment

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Folic acid, which is in carbohydrates, is critical for brain development. Low carb diets can mean less folic acid in your diet. In turn, following a keto diet in pregnancy can have consequences for your child.

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A 2018 study for example found a link between getting enough folic acid during pregnancy and a lower incidence of neural tube defects. Too little folic acid and the risk goes up.

1. Gnarly side effects

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A bevy of flulike symptoms, known as “keto flu,” typically hit during the first few weeks of adapting to this diet.

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Symptoms include:

- Nausea

- Dizziness

- Heartbeat alterations

- Decreased energy

- Feeling faint

- Gastrointestinal discomfort

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