The ketogenic or “keto” diet has been called the holy grail of good health and weight loss by some doctors and bloggers. On the flip side, it’s a nutritionist’s nightmare.
The keto diet goes against conventional wisdom on health eating. It encourages eating lots of fat and limits carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day, the rough equivalent of a plain bagel or a cup of white rice. By comparison, dietary guidelines laid out by the US Department of Agriculture recommend consuming between 225 and 325 grams of fluffy, white carbs a day.
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The keto diet reorganizes the building blocks of the food pyramid.
It cuts down carbs to between 20 and 50 grams a day, depending on a person’s medical history and insulin sensitivity. There are about 30 grams in an apple, for comparison.