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Health & Ketogenic Dietary Therapies

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Ruth Buttigieg | 0 comments

The debate around what we should eat in order to maintain a healthy life and ward off disease is a constant topic of conversation both in the media but also within your social group. Even if you have not officially followed a ‘diet’, you may have certainly adapted your eating habits and choices slightly over the years to mirror the common public health messages. At the moment, there is a lot of debate over the potential uses of dietary ketogenic diets, yet there is still a lot of myths surrounding what it actually is and how it works.


A recent study published this January in the Journal of Pediatrics, followed a group of children for 10 years who were assigned to follow either the classical ketogenic diet, the MCT diet or the modified Atkins diet. The interesting point that this paper makes is that the flexibility to switch within  different ketogenic dietary approaches allowed to tailor the diet to each individual to ensure that they get the best result possible. The study once again concluded that a ketogenic diet is an effective and safe non pharmacological approach to managing epilepsy.


The ketogenic diet is no longer a one size-fits-all dietary prescription. Over the past 20 years there have been alternative ketogenic dietary prescriptions which have been shown to induce the same beneficial effects of the classical ketogenic diet or the medium-chain triglyceride diet. Most notably are the uses of the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) as well as the Low Glycaemic Index Treatment (LGIT).


There is a common misconception that if a diet is low in carbohydrates than automatically these diets are low in fibre and low in micronutrients which are essential for daily living. 

 

However, a closer look at what a low carb diet consists of, it is about choosing those carbohydrates that are based on dietary fibre rather than simple and/or complex carbohydrates. The difference between these carbohydrates is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing these vegetables and fruits, the essential micronutrient requirements are met whilst ensuring no blood sugar spikes in the progress.

 

The importance of fat in the diet is often taken for granted as fat has been on the receiving end of bad press for years. Fat needs to form part of a healthy diet as it is an important carrier of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Once fat is removed from the diet, deficiencies of these vitamins start to become apparent. Having said that, it is important to differentiate the good fats i.e. those found in full-fat dairy items full of essential micronutrients from bad-fats i.e. those found in deep-fried products, and mass-produced confectionary.

 

Protein in the diet is also critical as our bodies cannot store protein. Hence, we need a constant supply each day. Our bodies require protein to build muscle and repair any internal damage. One of the main arguments critics put forward against a high-protein diet is that it causes kidney damage however there have been no studies to show that high-protein diets cause any kidney damage or any other risks to human health.

 

Here at the Natural Low Carb Store,all our products have been specially designed to ensure that they are low in sugar and starches. Due to this, they can be used to complement any ketogenic dietary prescriptions.


We are here to help so please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions and we’ll be more than happy to help.


References:


Wibisono, C., Rowe, N., Beavis, E., Kepreotes, H., Mackie, F., Lawson, J. and Cardamone, M. (2015). Ten-Year Single-Center Experience of the Ketogenic Diet: Factors Influencing Efficacy, Tolerability, and Compliance. The Journal of Pediatrics.







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