Vegan website claims keto diets damage your heart… unless it’s the vegan version

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The beet above is better than The Beet below

Any honest site reporting on ketogenic diets will tell you that you can go keto whether you concentrate on animal or plants. The difference is in satiety. An animal based approach to the keto diet will leave you feeling more satisfied for longer periods of time. A plant based approach will mean you will have to eat more often because plants are mostly fiber that pass through your body.

The key to a ketogenic diet is in limiting insulin response. You need to eat foods that do not trigger a huge rush of insulin. Insulin will cause glucose in your blood to be stored as fat. Ketones will cause your cells to release fat so you produce your own glucose.

The Beet is extremely dishonest and contradictory. They start out their article claiming a keto diet will cause heart scarring due to ketones in your bloodstream.

Keto diets put your body into a state of ketosis, or burning fat for fuel, which releases acids called ketones into the bloodstream that are now believed to be damaging to your heart muscle. The scientists looked at the cellular impact of ketones on the heart and found that when ketones are formed, they can have a detrimental impact on your heart, causing permanent scar tissue to form, which itself hinders the heart’s ability to pump blood properly.

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Then they contradict themselves by reporting that you can do a keto diet in a healthy way as long as you leave out the saturated fat and protein.

Keto diets are not unhealthy, it’s the way people do them that is, according to Dr. Andrew Freeman, the cardiologist at National Jewish in Denver, recently released a study that keto dieting can lead to heart disease because of the foods people eat while on the diet: People often load up on red meat, processed meat like bacon, and stay away from healthy plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains–which are all nutrient-rich and full of antioxidants–because they happen to contain carbs.

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Then they launch into the same tired trope of saturated fat is bad. This was already disproven.

Meanwhile, another leading cardiologist, Dr. Kim Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology, told Plant Based News that “no one should do a ketogenic diet” since the way these diets are interpreted are often full of bacon and eggs, butter, and cheese, all of which are long-term threats to a healthy heart. The saturated fat in these animal foods is known to raise cholesterol and lead to blockages and plaque that can raise blood pressure and cause heart attack and stroke. His point of view:  No one should adopt the ketogenic diet over the long term—unless weight loss is more important than lifespan.

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And they end with the kicker of how a plant based diet is better for you than anything else.

Bottom Line: A plant-based diet works better and is healthier for your heart. In another unrelated study, a plant-based diet of whole foods was shown to beat out keto for weight loss and burning fat faster.

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They are not telling the truth here.

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Everything you need to know on Keto Breath and what you can do about it.

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Keto Breath is something I’ve never experienced (at least no one has told me that I offend). But I know many people do have problems with it especially when starting down the path of low carb and and the ketogenic diet. There is a product called Smart Mouth that may be able to help (not a sponsored post).

Elevated ketones — specifically, acetone — is the reason people following a ketogenic diet often experience bad breath. Acetone exits the body in two ways, urine and breath, and when the body achieves ketosis, it’s common to notice a change to the breath that’s different than ordinary bad breath. It may have a metallic taste as well as a fruity or otherwise strong, unpleasant odor; some describe it as being similar to nail polish remover, which makes sense given that acetone is one of the main ingredients in it.

Keto breath affects about 30 percent of people on the ketogenic diet according to one study, and is often noticed within a few days or maybe a week of starting your keto journey. While bad breath is never exactly welcome, there’s good news: Keto breath indicates you’ve entered ketosis — although, since not everyone experiences it, don’t rely on that as your only indication.

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I just recently learned about Smart Mouth and plan on giving it a try. When I do I’ll let you know what I think!

Are cherries keto friendly?

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I say they are not. Only because it is very hard to stop eating too many. According to this article in Women’s Health Magazine there are way too many carbs in a cup of cherries. I wish they would give the portion size by weight because it would make more sense than by volume. You can’t fit too many cherries in a cup and the number will very depending on the size of the cherry.

In one cup of tart cherries, there are 18.9 grams of carbs and 13.2 grams of sugar. In one cup of sweet cherries, there are 24.7 grams of carbs and 19.7 grams of sugar. Eating a whole serving of tart or sweet cherries can take up almost all of your daily allotment of carbs. Instead, Agyeman suggests eating a few cherries at a time.

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Fighting COVID-19 by going low carb

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More and more evidence shows that the high risk factors for dying from COVID-19 can be reversed within weeks when going on a low carb diet. Almost immediately blood sugars stabilize, people become less insulin resistant, and inflammation throughout the body goes down.

Other studies have found that dietary changes can rapidly and substantially improve cardiovascular risk factors, including conditions like hypertension that are major risk factors for worsened Covid-19 outcomes. A 2011 study in the journal Obesity on 300 clinic patients eating a very low-carbohydrate diet saw blood pressure quickly drop and remain low for years. And a 2014 trial on 148 subjects, funded by the National Institutes of Health, found a low-carb diet to be “more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction” than a low-fat control diet at the end of the 1-year experiment.

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Ketogenic Diet as possible treatment for PCOS

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The ketogenic diet has shown some promise as a non-pharmacological treatment for Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is good news! Any time you can stop or reduce the number of prescription drugs you consume the better. The added benefit is that if it works for you it will also save you money!

The results of our study are suggestive for a use of the KD as a possible therapeutic aid in PCOS, to be followed by a more balanced dietary regimen, but always with particular attention to the amount of carbohydrates. The duration of KD is still a question: there is no evidence of side effects in the short term, they are considered safe for short cycles. Less information is available on diets in the long term, but the experience gained in the field of epilepsy and GLUT-1 deficiency syndrome supports a possible use also for prolonged periods. It is plausible to hypothesize the setting of protocols to be repeated in cycles over time, interspersed with periods of balanced regime.

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Can you eat sweet potatoes on the Keto Diet?

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The short answer is yes if you limit the amount. I would recommend on days where you want to eat a sweet potato to severely restrict the other carbs you will eat the rest of that day. After all a SWEET POTATO is a double carbohydrate whammy.

A sweet potato is a type of starchy root vegetable that’s often excluded from ketogenic diets because of its naturally high carb content.

However, with proper planning, some people may still be able to successfully incorporate small portions of sweet potato into a keto diet plan.

A medium-sized sweet potato (150 grams) contains a total of 26 grams of carbs. After subtracting the 4 grams that come from fiber, you’re left with a net value of roughly 21 grams of carbs per potato (3Trusted Source).

If you’re on a keto diet that limits you to 50 grams of carbs per day, you could opt to expend approximately 42% of your carbs on a whole sweet potato if you want to.

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Non-fat sour cream may not be keto-friendly

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Regular sour cream gets its thick, smooth texture from fat. To achieve the same texture and mouthfeel without fat, manufacturers typically add thickeners, gums, and stabilizers like maltodextrin, corn starch, guar gum, and xanthan gum.

Given that these ingredients are derived from carbs, they can increase the carb content of low fat sour cream a bit — and that of nonfat sour cream significantly.

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Ketogenic diet as therapy through the pandemic

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The reason I’ve stayed with the ketogenic diet is because it’s transformed my mental well-being. After a lifetime of struggle with anxiety and mood swings, I am now a relatively relaxed, calm, and stable human. My energy levels are through the roof: Now that my metabolism burns fat instead of carbs, I sleep one or two hours less each night than I used to, and I rarely feel tired or need an alarm to wake up. And I’ve gone from being a nightly pot smoker to being 100% sober.

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Is Peanut Butter Keto Friendly?

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In short… yes. But you can’t have too much or you’ll blow through your carb allotment for the day. And definitely don’t have it with jelly, jam, preserves, or bread!

“Technically, peanuts are a legume, which are typically eliminated on a keto diet,” Naomi Whittel, Gainesville, Florida-based author of High Fiber Keto, tells Health. But peanuts are higher in fat than other beans, which gives them the green light for keto. “Peanuts are more nutritionally similar to nuts, such as almonds, in that they are high in fat and low in carbs,” Whittel says.

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Black coffee may be good enough on your keto diet

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Here’s good news for me. Well, it’s neither good nor bad in truth. I only drink my coffee black. In the beginning I went to black coffee because I found the need for cream and sugar a bit of a pain in the ass. Then I became accustomed to the taste of a clean cup of coffee and the addition of cream or sugar made it taste too sweet and almost like hot chocolate. So for the last 25 years or so I’ve been drinking my coffee black.

I love it when the science comes around to matching the way I prefer to live.

During the study, researchers gave 10 college-aged men coffee supplemented with either zero, 28, or 42 grams of MCT oil. The scientists took blood samples from these men before and after their coffee intake, measuring ketone levels, cholesterol and insulin levels, and oxidative stress.

What they found was pretty intriguing: All three groups experienced an increase in ketone levels and a decrease in insulin levels, meaning just our coffee alone can have ketosis enhancing benefits.

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