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What Is A Ketogenic Diet?

Alright, here’s what the ketogenic diet (often referred to as “keto”) is and the basics of how to follow it. What is the ketogenic diet? For those who don’t know the ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high fat diet (LCHF) with many health benefits. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. Benefits: Ketogenic diets generally cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased level of ketones provide the numerous cited health benefits. Ketogenic benefits include: Fighting diabetes Epilepsy control Alzheimer’s disease Certain cancers Cognitive performance High blood pressure control Satiety Weight/fat loss Reduced cholesterol levels The most obvious and commonly cited benefits is the decreased insulin levels. This is why fasting becomes a great solution to people’s type 2 diabetes, cushing’s disease and many other metabolic diseases. Fasting as well as the Continue reading >>

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  1. terppderpp

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24012088 interesting study on biotin levels in keto mice. i just started supplementing, but i'm not sure how it will effect me.

  2. ashsimmonds

    Supplementation is hit and miss, mostly miss. Avoiding stuff that fucks with biotin uptake is a gazillion times more effective than adding more of it. Think of the whole Vit C bullshit.
    Conclusion doesn't make sense to me, can't see the full text but willing to bet the ketogenic diet used was the usual shitty plant oil with incomplete protein profile stuff that typically shows up in any study where a keto diet demonstrates a deficiency.

  3. hummir

    To quote from the full text:
    In Japan, the version of this diet given to infants with drug resistant epilepsy is called the ketone formula. However, we determined that the biotin content of the ketone formula is 0.07 mg/100 kcal,which is lower than the recommended dietary amount (1.50 mg/100 kcal)... Thus, infants who consume the ketone formula are expected to suffer from biotin deficiency. Therefore, this study was conducted to evaluate the effects of the ketogenic diet on biotin status in mice.
    The components of the KBD diet (g/kg) were as follows:
    egg white, 476;
    cysteine, 3.6;
    sucrose, 55;
    soybean oil, 20;
    lard, 330;
    non-nutritive cellulose, 66.1;
    mineral mixture, 35;
    and vitamin mixture (excluding biotin), 10.
    Egg white is the sole protein source. And egg white doesn't have biotin, it's all in the yolk.
    There's enough biotin in meat (especially organ meats like liver and kidneys), fish, eggs (egg yolks) and cheese, to forget about any sort of deficiency.
    EDIT: And to quote from wikipedia article on Biotin:
    The first demonstration of biotin deficiency in animals was observed in animals fed raw egg white. Rats fed egg white protein were found to develop dermatitis, alopecia and neuromuscular dysfunction. This syndrome, called egg white injury, was discovered to be caused by a glycoprotein found in egg white, avidin. Avidin denatures upon heating (cooking). This protein binds extremely well with biotin, making it unavailable for use in enzymatic reactions.
    So yeah, when your sole protein source lacks in biotin and actively prevents the body from getting any biotin, you may be in trouble.

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