HEALTH REPORT: The Ketogenic Diet

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A new diet trend has the potential to help patients battle disease by starving cancer cells of sugar. The Ketogenic diet has people eating 70 to 80 percent fat, 10 to 15 percent protein, and 5 percent carbohydrates. So heavy whipping cream, berries and bacon is an acceptable breakfast.
We spoke with a naturopathic doctor who said this fat based diet is also good for weight loss. It allows your body to use fat as a fuel source instead of carbohydrates. It's called a Ketogenic diet because your body gets triggered into a state of ketosis - meaning it gets deprived of carbs and finds another way to make energy using ketones. Basically, when your body runs on fat, it's also burning it.
The doctor said this low sugar diet is also good for people with epilepsy because it reduces spikes and dips in energy. Dieters will mainly eat healthy fats like avocados, oils, cheese, and veggies with minimal protein and carbs.
"You want to use your good source of fat. You want to use grass fed butter, organic, okay, organic coconut oil. So this is, again, part of your lifestyle so you want to make sure your fat source is from a clean source but not from a source that can clog up your arteries, that can make you feel bad," said naturopathic doctor Firlande Volcy.
There are several variations of the KETO diet — so it's important to do your research and speak with your doctor to make sure it's right for you.