The Ketogenic Diet
The benefits of the Keto Diet
A growing body of research shows a whole host of benefits when following low-carb, high-fat (LCHF), adequate protein diets such as the Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD). They include:
The diet was originally used to successfully treat epilepsy nearly a century ago, and has since become revitalized as one of the most popular diets in the last decade.
On the keto diet, roughly 75% to 90% of daily calories come from fat; 6% to 20% come from protein; and 2% to 5% come from carbohydrates.
When following LCHF diets, you also tend to eat cleaner! That means fewer processed foods and more healthy, wholesome meals.
What does “ketogenic” mean?
The word “ketogenic” refers to ketone generation. Ketones are alternate energy-carrying molecules produced from breaking down fat, whereas carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy production. During the ketogenic diet, where carbohydrates are reduced to less than 50 grams, the body begins breaking down its own energy reserves in a catabolic state. Insulin levels, which limit blood sugar, lower to produce more energy, and two metabolic processes come into play: gluconeogenesis and ketogenesis.
Gluconeogenesis is the endogenous (in-body) production of glucose in the body and occurs in the liver. With reduced carb intake, gluconeogenesis can’t supply the body with enough glucose. The body begins to break down its fat stores, and the process of ketogenesis kicks off in order to provide an alternate source of energy in the form of ketone bodies.
Ketone bodies replace glucose as a primary source of energy, used for energy production by heart, muscle tissue, and the kidneys. Ketone bodies also can cross the blood-brain barrier to provide an alternative source of energy to the brain. “But the brain needs glucose!” sure, but ketones are a healthy alternative.
Going deeper: ketone bodies vs. glucose
The ketone bodies that are synthesized by fat breakdown are acetoacetate, which is later converted to beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone. The NCBI found that 100 grams of acetoacetate generates 9400 grams of ATP, and 100 grams of beta-hydroxybutyrate yields 10,500 grams of ATP; whereas, 100 grams of glucose produces only 8,700 grams of ATP. Ketones are highly-efficient in energy production– much more than glucose.
Some people see the keto diet as being highly restrictive and homogenous.
We don’t think so. We think you can follow a lifestyle without having to compromise on your nutritional variety. We’re inspired by keto diet’s emphasis on caring about what you eat, so we do too. Our menu is driven by diverse cuisines, but we have one goal: to simplify the way you think about nutrition!