The Keto diet has taken the world by storm. In a day and age where diet fads come and go, the keto diet seems to be standing the test of time. The extremely low carb and fat rich diet is going from strength to strength. There are a number of reasons for this.
It delivers results as far as weight loss is concerned and sticking to the diet delivers consistently. There has also been recent studies that seem to indicate that this low carb diet holds great promise in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. This has been attributed to the diet’s effect on glycemic levels. In addition, other studies have shown that a low carb diet can have a positive effect on those people who are suffering from epilepsy.
However, there is something else that should not be forgotten about the ketogenic diet. It also provides for some incredible meal choices due to the sheer number of keto friendly foods that exist. This is not a diet that asks people to starve themselves (although you do have to watch carb counts) or go without delicious foods.
So what are some of the popular keto friendly foods that can be explored?
The Bounty of the Sea
One of the most popular ingredients for those following a ketogenic diet is seafood. The choice is incredible. Those on the diet can enjoy fish like salmon (and many other fatty fish that are rich in Omega 3 Fats), as well as many different types of shellfish such as shrimp and crab. Add to this, dishes made with squid, oysters and mussels, and you have some incredible ingredients for stunning meals.
Those on the ketogenic diet have a huge range of vegetables that can form an important part of daily meals. These can range from broccoli, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and cauliflower but just stay away from starchy veggies like potato.
The sheer number of different cheeses is staggering – and they are usually very low in carbs. From the humble cheddar to Ricotta and everything in between – feel free to explore all the possibilities that are offered by cheese. Cheese is also a fantastic addition to many popular ketogenic dishes.
Chicken or Beef
Actually, most poultry and meats are important parts of this diet. There are zero carbs and they are packed to the brim with B vitamins and essential minerals. That protein boost helps to build muscle, as well as being a great source of antioxidants and ‘good’ cholesterol.
Eggs are another staple in this diet and they are an ingredient that provides the basis for a huge number of dishes. They also help maintain blood sugar levels. There’s also that blast of those vital antioxidants.
There are a number of other ingredients that can help make any Keto diet an absolute pleasure such as nuts, seeds, avos (yay), yogurt, Shirataki Noodles, olive oil – the list goes on and on.
This is a diet that is not only good for your health but fun and delicious. Just be careful of those carbs.