Our expert nutritionists take a look at the latest healthy eating trend, the Keto diet.
The ketogenic diet in all its guises including eco-keto and plant-based keto has filtered into our psyche in recent months, with followers keen to lose weight on its high fat, high protein, very low carb regime.
However, putting the body into ketosis, using fat rather than carbohydrate for fuel, might be good for dropping a few kilos and sending insulin resistance packing, but longer term might not be so good for your bone health, immune system, inflammation, brain, gut microbiome or even your liver and kidneys.
It’s true we need to refocus our diets away from the high carb, high sugar variety, but to do so in such an extreme way is yet to be proven to be beneficial.
MAKING KETO HEALTHIER
1. BUMP UP YOUR BIOME
Flax seeds are packed full of fibre that the friendly bugs in your gut love. Without fibre from wholegrains, your microbiome suffer, so make time for these tiny seeds daily. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium should also be top of your list so add in a probiotic supplement.
2. TURBO POWER THE VEG
Pile up your plate with green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, broccoli and green salad to maximise nutrients. Don’t forget the berries either which are packed with antioxidants.
3. BE FAT SMART
Don’t skip the good fats. Feast on oily fish, olive oil, hemp and flax to keep your brain, skin, immunity and cardiovascular system tip top, whilst coconut oil rich in MCTs is great for energy production.