Recently, USC experts have warned that the keto diet, which is high fat, moderate protein, very low carbohydrate diet plan, may be unsafe.
The diet plan focuses on getting the body to switch from burning carbs to burning fat for fuel, in turn producing ketones, leading to ketosis.
According to Dean Pinchas Cohen at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the keto diet may bring harm to the body.
This is because the diet plan cuts out major healthy foods, including whole grains, dairy products, legumes, and some nutritious vegetables.
This makes the whole diet provide inadequate nutrients for the body.
Although the diet could help with weight loss, in the long run cutting out carbs could raise health risks and mortality over time.
The keto diet could also harm bone health. In addition, there is a lack of understanding about the impact of ketosis is on one’s long-term health.
Other experts suggest that the keto diet should be prescribed by a registered dietitian.
Jessica Lowe, a Keck School of Medicine of USC ketogenic dietitian, suggests that she might prescribe it to a patient who has epilepsy because the diet is proved to help control seizures.
Michael Goran, a Keck School of Medicine obesity researcher, suggests that people could try an improved version of the keto diet and get the same results.
To do this, people could cut out added sugars—sodas, juices, processed foods—and simple carbohydrates.
Lorraine Turcotte, a metabolism researcher at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, suggests that maybe the best diet solution is to have a well-balanced diet, lots of fruits and vegetables.
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