On any given day, if you search for 'ketogenic diet' online, you are going to get mixed results. There will be those who claim it's the answer to all human woes and 'experts' who tell you everything from it can kill your sex drive to it can kill you outright!
History is speckled with a trail of bogus research when it comes to food, so we suggest you take all the bad press about nutritional ketosis with a grain of Himalayan rock salt.
If we strip back a ketogenic diet, it basically involves removing sugar and highly processed carbohydrates from your diet and replacing them with natural fat. How can that be scientifically sinister, medically misguided or nutritionally not sustainable?
How - because of money. No medical or scientific research is conducted for free, it all has to be funded and if food companies fund it, they have a vested interest in the results. If the results suggest their products are bad for us that could affect profit margins, so they influence the results to ensure they improve the bottom line, not our expanding bottoms.
Here is just a couple of bits of fake food news that have been exposed in the last 60 years:
- The food pyramid, which we all thought was a nutritional guide to healthy eating, actually began life in Sweden to highlight inexpensive food to help Swedes survive the great depression without starving to death. It was then picked up by other countries and warped into a 'good food' pyramid. It has since been changed, but grains and cereals still form the bulk of this piece of marketing brilliance.
- 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' is another clever piece of marketing coined by breakfast cereal manufacturer Kellogg and it is NOT the golden rule of good health that it seems to have become today.
- In the 70's the sugar industry paid a lot of money to divert the focus for rising obesity and heart disease off sugar and on to fat. This led to the birth of the 'low-fat' craze that crazily still persists today.
- The sugar industry also helped fund research that switched the focus for tooth decay off sugar and on to a lack of fluoride, which explains why it is now added to town water supplies.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began life to help promote consumption of agricultural produce like wheat, corn, barley and other grains (essential ingredients of processed carbs). By some miracle they were subsequently appointed nutritional advisers and watchdogs in the USA - no surprise the USA is now the second most obese nation globally (after Mexico).
There are many more examples, but we don't want to sound like conspiracy theorists so we'll leave it there and look at some of the more positive results of an online search of 'going keto'.
It has been shown to improve memory, help with the symptoms of chronic disease, help manage symptoms of Parkinson Disease and Alzheimer's. It leads to weight loss and long term weight management, it reduces inflammation, can reverse type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
We could go on, but you get the idea that for all the negative comments about 'keto', there are as many scientifically and medically backed positives.So how the heck do we know what to believe?
On an esoteric level we could suggest how you feel on a keto diet is the best way to know the truth. Most of the carb/sugar fuelled planet is walking around sick and tired like zombies. That is not how we are supposed to feel. People doing keto feel good and that is hard to ignore.
But we want to get a little more controversial than that and ask where is the scientific and medical proof that eating a whole bunch of processed carbs and sugar is good for you? With the world getting sicker and fatter, empirical evidence shows that eating that way is bad for us. What possible scientific breakthrough could prove otherwise?
So when we take a mouthful of what conventional science says we should eat based on fake news, we are not eating food, we are eating politics, globo-food-company profits, and lies.
That has got to leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth.