The Ketogenic Diet, also commonly known as Keto, is a modern nutrition plan that features a mix of high protein and high fat, with very limited amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Ketogenic diet become popular as a treatment for epilepsy, however, it was largely abandoned due to the rise of alternative therapies. In recent years, the Ketogenic diet has experienced a resurgence as a nutrition plan as many people are finding health and weight loss benefits from the diet.
What is it?
The Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate protein diet that shares many characteristics with other low-carb diets such as Atkins. The key difference is the high fat and moderate protein. The Keto diet drastically reduces carbohydrate intake and replaces it with fat. The reduction in carbs and increase in fat puts your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.
Takeaway: The Keto Diet is a moderate protein, low-carb, high-fat diet.
What does it do?
Ketosis is a metabolic state that occurs when your body does not have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy. In turn, your body burns fatty acids for fuel, which create ketones as byproduct. Ketones are an alternative fuel source for your body, similar to glucose.
Takeaway: During ketosis, the body burns fat in place of carbohydrates and creates ketones.
What to eat and why?
The Keto diet plan should be based on high protein and high fat foods. Meat, fatty fish, eggs, butter and cream, cheese, nuts and seeds, healthy oils, and avocados are all staples of the Keto diet.
Any foods high in carbohydrates or sugar should be limited or restricted on the Keto diet. Grains or starches, beans or legumes, root vegetables and tubers all tend to have high carbohydrates and thus should be avoided. Similarly, sugary foods, low fat or diet products, some condiments or sauces, and sugar-free diet foods should be avoided because of their high sugar or sugar alcohol content.
Takeaway: Focus on high-fat, protein-rich food items. Avoid high-carb foods such as grains, legumes, potatoes, candy, juice, and most fruit.
Where does beef jerky fit into the Keto Diet?
Meal planning, and snacking more specifically, can be a real challenge on the Ketogenic diet. Whether looking for an on-the-go snack or something quick to grab in the kitchen, you can turn to People’s Choice Beef Jerky. No prep, no mess. Just a quick hit of delicious, nutritious beef protein.
These jerky products are a great option for the Keto diet: an excellent source of protein, 0g sugar, and 0g carbohydrates. We use such a minimal amount of added spices and ingredients that the final product registers ZERO Carbs and ZERO Sugar. On the one hand, this creates an old-fashioned style jerky that celebrates the meat flavor, but it also makes a SUPER healthy beef jerky.
You can feel good about eating People's Choice beef jerky products. We only use the highest quality ingredients and all of our products are handcrafted with the utmost integrity. Not only can these jerky products help you meet your Keto goals, but they can help you get there in a delicious and high quality way.
The Perfect Ketogenic Snack SolutionsWhile an excellent source of protein (and low in carbs and sugar), People’s Choice Beef Jerky is naturally low in fat. This helps the jerky stay fresh longer without spoiling. With the simple addition of some high-fat foods, you can make the perfect Keto snack or meal.
Beef Jerky + [insert high fat option here] …
- Full-Fat Cheeses
- Dark Chocolate
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, Macadamia Nuts
- Nut Butters (Peanut, Almond, Cashew, Coconut)
Plus any other high-fat, low carb, low sugar snack items!
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***We do not claim to be medical or nutritional experts. This article is intended to serve as an introduction and thought-starting tool. The only rule in health and nutrition is that each person is different and no one rule applies to everyone. Please consult your physician when making any health-related decisions.
- July 11, 2016