The ketogenic diet is said to have been originally designed for patients with epilepsy in around 1920s by researchers working at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
According to nutritionist Mayuri Aavula, a freelance nutritionist and editor of www.trudiet.in, Keto diet is basically a very low-carb diet plan where your body works in such a way that the fat is turned into ketones, which is used as energy. She shares a few advantages and disadvantages to help you figure out if the diet plan is for you.
- Helps to treat and reverse neurological disorders and cognitive impairments including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s symptoms.
- One of the best things about eating low carb is that it leads to an automatic reduction in appetite thus helping in weight loss.
- Keto diets are very effective at lowering fat molecules in the blood, which are catalysts for heart disease.
- High fat diet may cause injury to brain cells.
- Note that a diet plan like Ketogenic may not provide all the necessary minerals, vitamins and fibres, which can lead to nutrition deficiency.
- Since many nutrients are missing from the plan, those on the diet can go on a binge due to such a restricted diet, and may not be able to keep up the results.
- Ketones are acidic in nature, so if the level of ketones in blood increases, ketoacidosis may occur. It can lead to a low blood pH, which can cause death as well.
- Once you resort to a ketogenic diet, it is likely that you will experience fatigue and brain fog.
Mayuri says, “Given that the keto diet has numerous health benefits that may outnumber the disadvantages, it’s still vital to research and evaluate it properly before switching to the plan. Consult a nutritionist before you decide to go ahead with the diet,” she adds.