The Ketogenic Diet: Is It Worth It?
Carbohydrates are the primary fuel of the human body. A few days without carbs drives the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis, where the primary energy source is fat. A diet that induces a permanent state of ketosis is known as a ketogenic diet. This dietary regimen is currently gaining popularity, largely fueled by the weight loss bandwagon and the publicity created by American physician Dr. Atkins for his Atkins diet. While a ketogenic diet is commonly employed to successfully treat some ailments—even epilepsy in children—its safety over the long term has remained an under-researched and controversial topic. What are the consequences of a persistently altered metabolism? A 2010 study carried out at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions found no evidence of significant side effects after a long-term high-fat dietary regimen among epileptic patients. Scientists tracked 101 young patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center that underwent a ketogenic regime to treat epileptic seizures. Depending on the patient, the diet lasted between 16 months to 8 years. Researchers did not find any significant side effects caused by the diet, although they noted that potential side e Continue reading >>