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The ketogenic diet was introduced by physicians as a treatment for epilepsy nearly a century ago. It was widely utilized as an effective therapy for decades, until the rise of antiepileptic drugs replaced the diet as the primary treatment protocol. However, there has been an explosion of interest, both scientific and personal, in the ketogenic diet over the past 15 years. So, what exactly is the ketogenic diet? And why has so much interest surrounding a diet that dates back to the 1920s risen almost 100 years later?
The ketogenic diet, often referred to simply as “keto,” is a very low-carbohydrate, high fat approach to eating. By essentially replacing carbohydrate intake with fat, your body goes into a metabolic state called ketosis, which is characterized by elevated level of ketones in the blood. This changes the body’s fuel expenditure source from carbohydrates to fats. Other than alleviating the severity of epilepsy (as noted above), being in ketosis has anecdotally shown to provide symptomatic relief from autoimmune diseases, IBS & IBD, mental ailments like depression and anxiety, and more.
For most, it can be tough to adhere to a ketogenic diet, and pushing your body into ketosis is more than a one-day trial. It’s a commitment. Western food norms have created a society dependent on carbohydrates, especially with breads, pastas, cereals, etc. on the bottom of our food pyramid (emphasising what the proportions of our diet should consist of).