Not all fruits are keto-friendly
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Keto fruits are fruits that fit into a keto diet. Keto fruits are by definition low carb and low sugar fruits. While you may know many of the health benefits of these fruits, this article will also explore some lesser-known and impressive health benefits of low-carbohydrate, low-sugar fruits.
In this article, you’ll also learn about associated risks with certain keto fruits so you can determine if keto fruit is right for you.
What Is the Keto Diet?
The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a restrictive eating plan focused on extremely low carbohydrate consumption. People following the keto diet are instructed to limit carbohydrates to less than 50 grams per day.
There is some variation on the amount of carbs permitted per day, and some sources say to consume no more than 20 grams daily. For context, 20 grams of carbohydrates is roughly a single potato, a half cup of cooked pasta, or half of a bun.
The keto diet isn’t just a low-carb diet, though. It is also a high-fat diet. This method of eating for weight loss or diabetes prevention, treatment, and management has been used since the 19th century.
How the Keto Diet Works
The keto diet is said to work by sending the body into a state of ketosis in which the body begins using stored fat as fuel. This process produces ketones or acids that are released when the body breaks down fat for fuel. Our bodies naturally go into ketosis during periods of intentional or unintentional fasting, such as while you’re sleeping. The keto diet aims to prolong that ketosis period for weight loss or to help with managing certain health conditions.
Ketogenic diets have also been used to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders and to help people cope with symptoms of psychiatric conditions, migraines, and brain trauma. That’s not all, though. The keto diet has also been investigated for its effects on other health conditions. Such conditions include cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), and Alzheimer’s disease.
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