If you’ve been paying attention at all to the diet industry these days, surely you have heard the term ketogenic diet. It has become quite popular in recent years and has replaced old diet meal plans as all the rage for losing weight.
The principles of the ketogenic diet is to eat minimal carbohydrates and a lot of healthy fats. This brings your body into a state of ketosis, whereby you are burning fat for energy as opposed to carbs.
Beyond just being effective for weight loss, studies have indicated that it can be helpful in treating diabetes and epilepsy, as well as aid in warding off diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart conditions.
Keto Friendly Foods
If you are looking to adopt this kind of diet, I have also written a post about keto-friendly snacks here that can help tide you over between meals.
For other foods that are friendly for a ketogenic diet, consider adding the options I present below.
Low Carb Vegetables
Go with vegetables that are non-starchy (starches are potatoes and similar veggies), as they are low carbohydrates and calories, but also nutrient-rich. For the best kind of vegetables that fit into a ketogenic diet, go with leafy greens and more cruciferous veggies like kale, cauliflower, and broccoli. Ingesting these kinds of veggies can also help lower risk factors for heart disease and cancer.
Among any list of keto-friendly foods, you will find shellfish and other kinds of seafood.
Salmon is a popular choice, as in addition to being low carb and high in healthy fat, it also contains many vitamins and minerals that are essential for overall health.
Sardines and mackerel, along with other fatty fish, are also great sources of omega-3 fats which can help reduce insulin levels, making them beneficial to treating diabetes as well as risk factors of that disease. On top of that, consumption of fish has also been linked to improved mental health.
Meat and Poultry
These two foods are staples to any ketogenic diet as they contain little to no carbohydrates and are rich in healthy fats and protein. They can also help raise your level of HDL, the good cholesterol. Go for grass-fed meat whenever possible, as it will contain higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants as compared to grain-fed meat.
Oh, eggs. So versatile and so healthy! Forget all of the buzz about eggs being bad for you and your cholesterol. There’s a reason that they are used in so many dishes and have become a staple of any good breakfast. A single large egg contains less than a gram of carbohydrates which makes it the perfect food for a keto diet.
Most of the nutrients of eggs are found in the yolk, so don’t just go for egg whites!