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

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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Eating meat could lead to a better brain


While plants have many of the same nutrients found in meat the human body doesn’t seem to absorb them efficiently. And vitamins like B12 aren’t found in plants at all and have to be supplemented if you’re on a vegan diet. To make matters even worse on a mainly vegetable diet is that you have to eat tons of plant based material in order to equal the same amount of nutrients in a small amount of meat. This is why people on a plant based diet have to eat so many times throughout the day. They find themselves famished after just a couple of hours.

The implications for cognitive health are huge. There is a clear, but underappreciated link between meat and the mind, says Charlotte Neumann, a pediatrician at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied meat eating in Africa and India for the past three decades. Deficiencies in the micronutrients found in meat have been linked with brain-related disorders, including low IQ, autism, depression and dementia. Iron is crucial for the growth and branching of neurons while in the womb; zinc is found in high concentrations in the hippocampus, a crucial region for learning and memory; vitamin B12 maintains the sheaths that protect nerves; and omega-3 fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) help to keep neurons alive and to regulate inflammation.

Plant based keto friendly recipes


It is possible to get a little tired of bacon all the time.

The keto diet focuses on reducing your carbohydrate consumption — reducing glucose (ie. sugar) — to achieve ketosis. This not only provides a better source of energy, but it also burns adipose fat quicker. Along with burning more fat, the ketogenic diet “can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels” and has been linked to “numerous health benefits.”

With that said, while many keto dieters focus only on high-fat items such as nuts, seeds, and coconut, there is still a slew of benefits you can gain from eating a high amount of veggies. Not only are veggies nutrient-dense and filled with antioxidants, but there are a handful that are super low in carbs!

The recipe that appealed most to me was right at the top.

Low carb or low fat don’t matter as long as you’re eating things that are not meat?


Another day another bad study. Either the article is written poorly or this study is utter garbage. How can you take a 24 hour eating period and extrapolate that out 15 years and assume people kept eating the same way over 15 years?

In the study, researchers asked more than 37,000 adults in the United States what they ate in the course of a 24-hour period in 1999 then followed them for 15 years. 

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Meet the Ketotarian. To each his own I guess.


Everyone needs to feel virtuous I guess. Why? Just eat what you like. You’re not saving the planet by eating vegetables instead of meat. You’re not saving the animals by eating vegetables instead of meat. No matter what you are, carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan you’re killing something to consume it. You’re either killing plants or animals for your own sustenance. And in a billion years, if the human race still exists and they record and remember what we’re doing today, they will laugh at the silliness of it all.

Keto is a hot topic in eating trends these days. It’s based on an extremely low-carb diet, limiting foods like grains, cereals, bread, pasta, beans, starchy veggies like potatoes, most fruits, sugar and other sweeteners. Typically, this means eating a lot more red meat, butter, and cheese.

But cutting back on animal products is popular too, as a plant-based diet has well-known benefits for heart health and protecting the planet.

So which should you choose?

Maybe you don’t have to. Meet ketotarian eating, which “marries the best of both plant-based and ketogenic diets,” said Will Cole, a functional medicine doctor and author of “Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation.”

According to Cole and other ketotarian advocates, the diet provides the benefits of ketosis — transitioning the body to burning fat instead of sugar — but without the health and environmental risks of a lot of animal products.


Is being Vegan good or bad for your baby’s brain?


Common sense should tell you that if you’re eating a varied diet, be it vegan, omnivore, or carnivore, there should be no problem with the development of your babies brain while in the womb. But there is always someone scaring the public into thinking that they are stupifying their children.

Advocates of plant-based eating are in an uproar this week after a respected UK nutritionist claimed veganism could be depriving babies and children of a critical “brain-building” nutrient.
Emma Derbyshire, a nutrition consultant and author of a book on maternal nutrition, said the UK may face a “potential choline crisis” in an article published August 30 in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health.
Derbyshire argues that many adults don’t get enough choline, an essential nutrient, in their diets, a problem exacerbated by the popularity of plant-based or vegan diets that eliminate good sources of choline like meat and eggs. She warned that a lack of choline during pregnancy could put infants’ cognitive development at risk.


The Plant and Animal War is real.


There is a war going on between Plant People and Animal People and whoever wins is going to decide what we eat. Right now it’s a war of words and I hope it doesn’t go beyond that.

Plant People are claiming the Animal People are killing the planet we all live on while Animal People are claiming the Plant People are killing us by feeding us poison. There are statistics to back up both sides and who knows who is telling the truth.

I think both sides are wrong and the biggest threat to both sides is waste. Western Civilization wastes more food, both plant and animal based, than any other civilization in the history of the world. Furthermore, politics funnels money to both sides of the argument thereby wasting money that could be better spent elsewhere.

I’m not listening to either side. I don’t believe either one is trying to kill the planet or kill people. Everyone just needs to sit down, shut up, and eat the food you like and don’t waste it.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization published a study in 2006 stating livestock produced 18% of the world’s GHG’s.8 The World Watch Organization then posted a study in 2009 stating that livestock encompasses 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).5

This led to the conclusion that the environmental impact of eating meat was the largest contributor to climate change. These facts were wildly misconstrued and later corrected by the paper’s senior author. However, the idea was already planted and has since been perpetuated.

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A United Nations report released just last week suggests the world’s beef-heavy consumption patterns are taking a serious toll on the health of our planet: food systems are now responsible for 37% of greenhouse gas emissions, and cow manure is a major part of that equation, as it releases large amounts of climate-changing nitrous oxide and methane into the air.

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Is “Orthorexia” real? And if it is, does it matter?


So you’re obsessed with “clean eating”. Is this a problem? What exactly is clean eating anyway? According to a paper written by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, an associate professor at the University of the Sciences, at it’s extreme, “adherents shun all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat and animal products, gluten, starch, pesticides, herbicides — anything that isn’t natural, organic or “clean.””

As long as you’re eating and healthy why does it matter if you have this type of obsession? Obsessions are never a desirable thing but I can think of worse problems in the world than wanting to eat only so-called “clean” foods. Personally, I wouldn’t want to adhere to that lifestyle because I like to get my occasional dose of deep dish pizza and a hot dog every now and again.

A flurry of new studies and reviews is breathing new life into so-called orthorexia nervosa, loosely defined as a pathological fixation on eating “pure” foods. At its extreme, adherents shun all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat and animal products, gluten, starch, pesticides, herbicides — anything that isn’t natural, organic or “clean.”
According to one new paper, orthorexia is a “cyberpathy,” a digitally transmitted condition of privilege. Whether it’s a “real” mental disease or an imaginary one, the behaviours and consequences are certainly real, according to the author.

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Here’s a link to the paper: