The ‘Keto Diet’, as we know it, is successful in ensuring one enters ‘ketosis’; however it traditionally consists of too much protein, high amounts of inflammatory fat, insufficient fiber for gut health, and a low quantities of health-promoting phytonutrients found in plant foods. For this reason, we encourage individuals to incorporate key features of the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ and rather adopt the ‘Mediterranean Keto’ dietary approach in order to achieve health benefits associated with lower carb, and a higher fat intake.
‘Med Keto’ Dietary Approach and Brain Health
In 2013, there were an estimated 44.4 million people with dementia worldwide. The number is expected to increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030; and 135.5 million in 2050. According to South Africa, there are approximately 2.2 million people in SA with some form of dementia.
According to recent statistics, brain issues are on the rise. The characteristic brain changes seen in neurodegenerative diseases are likely related to dysfunctional brain insulin signaling and brain glucose metabolism. The ‘Med Keto’ dietary approach aims to improve brain healthy by promoting insulin sensitivity, improving blood sugar regulation, and reducing chronic inflammation in the body.
Who should consider the ‘Med Keto’ Dietary Approach?
This approach may be a suitable therapeutic diet for those with mood disorders, neurodegenerative disease, and pre-diabetes.
Your genes will indicate whether you are predisposed to the above, and whether you should the ‘Med Keto’ as a preventative tool.
Remember, it is always advisable to discuss your dietary and lifestyle changes with your health care practitioner, especially if you have any medical concerns.
See the snippet from our ‘Med Keto’ presentation with Stephanie Rouillard.
Disclaimer: This does not intend to treat or diagnose, but solely for educational purposes.
The ‘sweet tooth’ seems to come out of hiding over lockdown. Try these Blueberry Almond Muffins as a healthier sweet treat. This muffin is perfectly ‘Med Keto’ suitable!