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Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic Diet

ketogenic diet

 

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

A diet rich in fat supports the health of our heart and brain. Eliminating sugars and carbohydrates while emphasizing foods that are higher in fats reduces insulin spikes and high blood glucose levels.  Thereby reducing the inflammation and damage to blood vessels. The superfoods found to increase your health in a ketogenic diet are: fatty fish (sardines, salmon, trout, mackerel), avocados, olive oil, MCT- coconut oil and flax seeds. These foods are the pillars of the Ketogenic diet: high fats, low carbohydrates and moderate proteins. This diet aims to utilize fat as the primary fuel source- achieving ketosis. The Ketogenic diet may be the solution to our cardiovascular and cognitive health.

Current lifestyles tend to favour a  high carbohydrate, low-fat diet.  This is negatively impacting the health of our brain and heart.  Reducing carbohydrates rather than fats reduces the risk of heart disease (British Journal of Nutrition 2018). The president of the World Heart Federation said “current recommendations to minimize saturated fats does not have scientific basis” “and ultimately some fats are good, some are neutral, however, carbohydrates are the worst thing”. (Data from PURE study of macronutrients impacting cardiovascular disease.) The more packaged and refined foods consumed regularly, the higher risk of future cognitive and cardiovascular decline.

February is Heart Health Month

February is heart health month and the Heart and Stroke Foundation reports “Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women in Canada” (Feb 2018).  Cardiologists are now realizing that fats are no longer the problem and cholesterol is no longer a marker for heart health. In a recent study of over 135 000 people across 18 different countries, it was concluded that high carbohydrate intake is associated with higher risk of mortality.  The study also confirmed that high fat was not associated with cardiovascular disease. (The Lancet, Nov. 2017)

Interested in learning more about Ketogenic Diet? Contact Dr. Granzotto at serenaigranzotto@hotmail.com and register for her Beginner’s Guide to Ketogenic Living.  Workshop takes place on Sundays starting Feb 3rd to Mar 3rd, 3:30pm to 4:30pm.