What is the Keto Diet? Explained in 10 Minutes

Today there are numerous types of diets, including paleo diets, plant-based diets, intermittent fasting, traditional regional diets (the best known example of which is our Mediterranean diet), and many others. But since many of you buy from us because you follow the Keto diet, today we will focus on it.

The ketogenic diet is part of the group of low-carbohydrate diets (known as LCD). Although there are different variants, it is always composed of a high fat intake (providing about 90% of calories), adequate protein, and very low in carbohydrates. The Keto diet as we know it today re-emerged in the 1990s as an alternative to the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy, although its clinical use for this type of patient began almost a century earlier, in the early 1920s. Previously (in fact, since Hippocratic times), fasting had already been recognized as an effective therapy for antiepileptic treatment, but in 1911 it was observed that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet mimicked the metabolic effects of fasting without major caloric deprivation. The Keto diet enjoyed great popularity as a medical approach to the treatment of epilepsy for nearly a decade, until the introduction of antiepileptic agents such as diphenylhydantoin.

But back to today, what has made it such a popular diet? In recent decades, the Keto diet has received great interest from the scientific community and the public for its possible beneficial effects on a number of diseases, including neurological disorders, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2), cancer, intestinal disorders and certain respiratory diseases. Although in many of these diseases the clinical evidence for the Keto diet is not yet as strong as in the case of epilepsy, most of the scientific community agrees that this type of diet exhibits broad therapeutic potential in many areas.

A basic principle of Keto diets is that the protein, and especially the fat, should be of high quality, and in the case of animal fat, that it should come from free-range, pasture-raised, antibiotic-free animals. Especially if organs such as liver, heart, etc. are consumed. For this reason, and because many of you follow this type of diet for various reasons, in Pirineu en Boca we have created “Keto packs”. These packs, specially created without flour or other types of carbohydrates, include for example elaborate products such as rabbit and beef burgers, chicken nuggets with almond flour, or pork feet sausage. If you want more details, take a look at our online store or contact us directly.

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