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September 30 2022
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In last week’s blog article, we addressed some common myths about ketogenic diets. There’s no shortage of these to discuss, so today let’s look at three more, including concern regarding the potential for ketoacidosis.
1. Keto is expensive.
To the contrary, some people find that their food budget decreases after going keto. As stated above, keto doesn’t have to be high-tech to be effective. People can get their desired results without buying anything they weren’t buying before. Despite the valiant marketing efforts behind them, neither exogenous ketones nor MCT oil are required (although these may be helpful in specific situations). Individuals who adopt a ketogenic diet were likely buying some combination of meats, vegetables, eggs, berries, dairy products, and nuts and seeds on their usual higher-carb diet. Those are keto-compliant, and when someone cuts carbs, several things come off the shopping list. Money no longer needs to be spent on bread, pasta, bagels, rice, beans, cereal, and other foods high in starch or sugar.
2. You have to eat a lot of meat.
Here again social media can be misleading. Steaks topped with steaks with a side of bun-less burger patties might be a common sight on some keto accounts, but this way of eating doesn’t have to be meat-heavy. Keto dieters can get quality proteins and nutrients from poultry, seafood, and eggs if they prefer. It’s even possible to do keto as a vegetarian and get protein from eggs and dairy products. (A fully plant-based keto diet is also possible, although use of protein powders such as pea or rice or synthetic meat products made from these may be needed, since vegan protein sources—such as beans—are typically high in carbohydrates.)
3. Ketosis is dangerous.
One of the biggest misconceptions standing in the way of ketogenic diets being more widely recommended by healthcare professionals is confusion between nutritional ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). These are not the same things. There are three major differences between ketoacidosis and nutritional ketosis:
When concerns are addressed and fears allayed, people may feel more confident in giving keto a try. It’s certainly not the only way to lose weight or improve health, but it has an impressive track record for both.
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