The ketogenic diet has gained an enormous amount of traction in recent years, boasting the ability to eat high-fat foods like bacon and avocado as one of the primary keys to its requirements. This high-fat, very low carb and protein diet shifts the body into ketosis. This is a natural process that occurs in the body that burns carbohydrates from food for energy. When a lack of carbs is presented, fat is used instead to sustain that supply of energy. This produces ketones, which are chemicals made in the liver. Ketones are produced when the body doesn’t have enough insulin to turn sugar into energy.
With the keto diet, you may be waving goodbye to the foods you normally eat. The following foods must either be reduced or eliminated entirely in order to go into ketosis: sugary foods, alcohol, fruit, grains, starches, beans, root vegetables, low-fat/diet products, unhealthy fats (like mayonnaise), and sugar-free diet products. In their place, you’ll focus your food intake around meat, fish, low-carb vegetables, eggs, avocados, healthy oils (EVOO), cheese, butter, cream, nuts, and seeds.
There are a number of side effects that you will notice once your body has entered ketosis. One people notice right away are bad breath or an odd smell in their urine. These are common occurrences that happen when the ketones in your blood have increased. The keto flu is another, which presents itself with flu-like symptoms. Opting for a low-carb diet to slowly acclimate to keto is a way to offset the keto flu. Adding extra salt to your meals will also help, as well as ward muscle cramping which is another side effect of ketogenesis. Many have found benefits of a keto diet like weight loss, increased energy, and mental alertness. It may also help cholesterol and energy levels. Regardless, we suggest speaking with your doctor before making a large change like the keto diet.
While countless have found the keto diet to be a success, many others have not. In extreme cases, high levels of ketones could spell trouble if they aren’t monitored. It may not be the right choice for those with diabetes or heart disease. With any diet, do the proper due diligence before embarking on a new weight loss journey. Make sure it properly aligns with your goals, as keto may not be the best option for those looking to build muscle mass."
Just a reminder, at SFH, we strive to make products that are keto friendly. We have always emphasized products with low carb and sugar content, with the addition of coconut fats, proteins and MCTs. Our products can be used as a part of a strict keto based diet.