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Keto Diet Dangers Debunked: Why This Low-Carb Diet Isn’t ‘Unhealthy’ At All

As keto diet continues to gain popularity across the world, more people have also been claiming that this low-carb, high-fat diet could actually help the body burn fat faster and in a healthy way. 

Is a ketogenic diet safe? That is one of the common questions being asked in the weight loss community. Some people claim such fat-burning approach is unhealthy, unsustainable, dangerous for the heart and could lead to poor mineral intake and electrolyte imbalance.

However, most if not all of these claims have been proven wrong by the medical community. In fact, keto diet has been found effective against certain diseases and conditions. 

“We have solid evidence showing that a ketogenic diet reduces seizures in children, sometimes as effectively as medication,” Marcelo Campos, a doctor from Harvard Medical School, said in a blogpost

“Because of these neuroprotective effects, questions have been raised about the possible benefits for other brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, autism and even brain cancer.”

Campos said keto diet has been linked to improved blood sugar control for patients with type 2 diabetes. However, more scientific studies are required to fully understand how this diet works to treat the aforesaid diseases.

Keto Diet Dangers Debunked

People have criticized keto diet for promoting the consumption of fat to lose weight and stay healthy. But experts said that eating more fat will not always lead to medical problems, such as heart disease. 

There are different types of fat in the body, including trans, saturated and unsaturated. The keto diet also requires not that much of fat as it only needs the amount to compensate for the reduction in energy from carbohydrates, according to HVMN.

Another common misconception about the keto diet is that eating fat leads to weight gain or obesity. But that is unlikely to happen when on keto as it involves dietary fat that does not immediately become body fat. 

Keto diets requires balance, particularly for the consumption of nutrient-rich foods. People on this diet commonly eat non-starchy fruits and vegetables, such as leafy greens, mushrooms, bell peppers and berries. 

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