The ketogenic diet is currently extremely popular – with lots of people trying it out in as a way to drop pounds fast.
It involves consuming large amounts of fat and very few carbs, in a bid to get the body into ketosis – a state where it is burning fat for energy when it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn. These diets are often high in animal products, though some people adopt vegan ketogenic diets.
In this exclusive Plant Based News video, PBN Founder Klaus Mitchell talks to top medical professionals, who talk through some essential reading for any keto enthusiasts.
Here are the nine studies you should read before eating an animal product-heavy keto diet.
1. A low-fat vegan diet and a conventional diabetes diet in the treatment of type 2 diabetes: a randomized, controlled, 74-wk clinical trial
Director of Nutritional Education at PCRM, Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., says: “Here at the Physician’s Committee, Dr. Neal Barnard led a team of researchers, dieticians, physicians, who walked about 99 people through a diet intervention.”
During this study, researchers compared the effects of a low-fat vegan diet and conventional diabetes diet recommendations on glycemia, weight, and plasma lipids.
They concluded that: “Both diets were associated with sustained reductions in weight and plasma lipid concentrations. In an analysis controlling for medication changes, a low-fat vegan diet appeared to improve glycemia and plasma lipids more than did conventional diabetes diet recommendations.”
2. Low-carbohydrate diets and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies
Cardiologist Dr. Joel Khan told Plant Based News: “Patients come to me all the time, saying ‘doc, I want to do that low carb thing, I see athletes doing it, I see Hollywood people doing it… can jump into that low carb, high-fat diet, I’d like to drop some weight’.
“What I bring up is this key study you need to be aware of.”
The objective of this study was to ‘elucidate the long-term effects of low carb diets on mortality and cardiovascular disease incidence [CVD]’.