By: NC Egg Association
As more and more diets become popular in society today, we decided to take a look at some of them a bit more closely. To start, we are kicking it off with one of the most popular diet trends today – Keto. Get some of the Ketogenic diet basics below.
What is it?
The Ketogenic Diet (commonly referred to as ‘Keto’) is a low-carb, high-fat diet. There are 4 different types of Ketogenic diets, but the main one is called the Standard ketogenic diet (SKD). If following the SKD diet, you typically stick to 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs. The diet is meant to lower blood sugar and insulin levels to cause a variety of health benefits and weight loss by moving the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fats and ketones.
The Keto diet is designed to put the body into a state of Ketosis. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state attained by following a very low-carb, high-fat diet. Once there is a limited amount of glucose (blood sugar) in the body, the body relies on fats for the majority of its fuel. This shift in metabolism is said to have many benefits–including weight loss and even more energy in the brain. It is also said to have benefits on children with epilepsy and on several other conditions (like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, acne, and Parkinson’s). Learn more about Ketosis and its health benefits here.
- Fatty fish
- Butter + cream
- Nuts + seeds
- Healthy oils
- Low-carb veggies
- Salt, pepper, or other healthy herbs and spices
- Any foods high in carbs
- Sugary foods
- Beans or legumes
- Low-fat or sugar-free diet products
- Unhealthy fats (like processed vegetable oils or mayonnaise)
Learn more about the Keto diet and its health benefits here.
Please note that we aren’t encouraging diets but simply making suggestions on how to incorporate eggs into a healthy lifestyle. You should always talk to your doctor before making any major lifestyle or dietary changes.