Where Did Keto Come From? A Brief History Of The Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet4 July 2018
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Our keto package is designed to give you access to freshly made high- fat, low-carb meals that are nutritiously rich and ready to be delivered to you. So we wanted to briefly explore the history of the keto diet, which has inspired our latest mouth-watering meal plan.
First, a reminder of keto and its benefits
The keto diet has really hit the mainstream lately and essentially it’s all about reducing your daily intake of carbohydrates, and replacing them with fat. Lowering your carb intake with a keto diet plan, helps your body enter a natural process known as ketosis. Acids known as ketones then build up in the body and become its primary energy source, leaving stored fats to be burnt off.
Many benefits can be gained from sticking to the keto diet, including:
– Weight loss.
– Increased physical and mental performance.
– Lower blood sugar levels.
– Lower cholesterol levels.
Originally developed to treat epilepsy
Although the keto diet is hugely popular now for improving how your body burns fat amongst other things, it actually started out as an alternative type of fasting to treat epilepsy back in the 1920s.
Doctors back then discovered that patients suffering from epilepsy had fewer seizures when they were showing symptoms of low blood sugar, or starvation. So the ketogenic diet was created in order to trick the bodies of patients into thinking they were starving, obviously without it being dangerous.
How the treatment worked
Patients were basically put on a diet plan, which consisted of around 60% fat, 30% protein, and approximately 10% carbohydrates. This, like the keto diet we all now know, would induce the ketosis process in the body.
Once this process begins the bodies of the patients would break down any fat into ketones, which would then be converted into energy. They bodies wouldn’t have access to a steady supply of carbs for their primary energy source, so would be tricked into a starving-like state.
Because epilepsy can be difficult to treat and the diet plan was quite extreme, it was usually only prescribed for child patients. This was due to the fact that parents could better control the diets of their children more easily.
Since epileptic seizures are linked with abnormal electric discharges in the brain, the ketones seemed to help as they possessed anti-electrical effects. However, the popularity of the ketogenic diet treatment waned in later years after the introduction of more effective anti-epileptic and anti-seizure pharmaceutical medications.
Interest in keto renewed
Renewed interest in the keto diet came back in the 1990s, mainly from the made-for-television Meryl Streep movie, First Do No Harm, which chronicled the use of the diet for treating the epilepsy of patient Charlie Abrahams.
It was based on a true story, as the Charlie in real-life was the son of hollywood producer Jim Abrahams, who ended up creating the Charlie Foundation. The foundation was set up to promote the success of using the keto diet to stop seizures.
Interest in the keto diet has continued to grow ever since, for reasons beyond the treatment of epilepsy. Studies continue to be carried out that link the diet’s usage for helping with various conditions and neurological disorders, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s.
We make keto easy
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