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The Ketogenic Diet

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Ketones, also known as “ketone bodies,” are byproducts of the body breaking down fat for energy that occurs when carbohydrate intake is low.

"Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones."- WebMD

The ketogenic diet is a diet based on a large consumption of fat (about 70%-80% of your daily caloric intake) instead of carbohydrates. By reducing the amount of carbohydrates to 20-50 grams per day, it forces the body to burn fatty acids instead of glucose. When reducing the amount of carbohydrates the liver turns the fat into fatty acids and these turn to ketone bodies, which are used mainly by the brain and from this comes the name of the diet. The ketone bodies move to the brain instead of glucose as a source of energy and from here we get the clarity and the brain fog goes away. A higher level of ketone bodies in the blood can cause a condition called Ketosis.

Here is a list of foods that should be avoided when following a ketogenic diet. These foods, when consumed turn into glucose and cause the body to store the excess of glucose as fat.

Foods to avoid on a ketogenic diet

Grains, Whole Grains, Sprouted Grains

Wheat, Wheat Flour, Rye, Most Flours, Corn, Couscous, oats, bran, millet, barley, cornmeal, quinoa


Beans, Lentils, Black beans, Lima beans, Pinto Beans, Chickpeas

Fruits, Dried Fruits

Any type of fruit except berries

Soy and Corn and any by-product

Corn syrup and any product made with these is mostly GMO.

Vegetable Oils and Hydrogenated Oils

Corn oil, Soybean oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil

Milk, Soda and Juice

Milk contains lactose (which is a type of sugar), Carbonated Drinks, Fruit Juice, Carrot Juice

Sugars, Honey, Cane Sugar, Raw Sugar

White sugar, Brown Sugar, Agave, Maple Syrup and artificial sweeteners


Root vegetables (onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, etc.)

Starchy Foods

Potatoes, Red potatoes, Rice, Carrots, Yams, Peas

Processed Foods

Foods that contain MSG, Margarine, Cereal, Baked Goods, Bread, Candy, Gluten

Low-Fat or Fat Free Foods

When the fat is removed from a food it is replaced with sugar and starches


Beer, Cocktails, Mixers, Flavored Liquors

Certain Condiments

Condiments that are labeled low fat, that contain sugar or made with unhealthy oils