What is the Ketogenic Diet?
One of the most popular diet lists among popular diet lists is the ketogenic (keto) diet. The ketogenic diet, which has been very popular for a long time, was actually used for the first time in the treatment of epilepsy, a neurological disease.
What Is This Popular KETOGENIC DIET?
In the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet, the amount of protein is calculated according to the daily intake. The reason for using low carbs is to minimize the use of glucose, the fuel source of the brain. In this way, the source of glucose is reduced to enable the brain to use ketone bodies by using fats. Due to its high fat content, it is considered difficult to adapt to the diet.
The ketogenic diet, which has been used for weight control for a long time;
Increases the feeling of fullness thanks to proteins
The effect of reducing the production of fat cells, the breakdown of fat cells
There are mechanisms of action such as the suppression of the appetite mechanism by the chemical components formed by the use of oil for energy. Apart from this common use, it is thought to have performance-enhancing effects in the treatment of epilepsy.
More studies are needed to clarify the effectiveness and health benefits of long-term use.
Is the Ketogenic Diet Adaptable to a Gluten-Free Diet?
In proportion to the decrease in carbohydrate intake, fiber intake also decreases. Fiber intake helps in the formation of healthy microorganisms in the intestine. As a result, studies have shown that healthy microorganisms decrease with decreasing fiber intake while applying a ketogenic diet. It is important to protect gut health in gluten-related diseases. Therefore, when applying a gluten-free ketogenic diet, the intake of fiber sources should be adjusted by professionals to maximum.
The gluten-free diet is a dietary pattern used in diseases or sensitivity to gluten found in grains. Unlike the ketogenic diet, there is no carbohydrate restriction. Only the carbohydrate used should not contain gluten or the product to be consumed should not have contact with gluten. However, the use of carbohydrates in the ketogenic diet is strictly limited. In the ketogenic gluten-free diet, the daily carbohydrate, protein and fat ratios should be prepared according to the ketogenic diet, and according to the gluten-free diet in terms of nutritional content.
At the same time, there are studies showing that intestinal health can be protected by paying attention to the types of oil (eg olive oil, flaxseed, sunflower) used in the ketogenic gluten-free diet.
Intestinal health can be supported by supporting it with prebiotics and probiotics.
When all these conditions are met, the ketogenic gluten-free diet can be made applicable. It should be noted that the type of carbohydrate taken during low carbohydrate intake is gluten-free or that other products used do not have gluten contact.
More research needs to be done on the long-term use of the ketogenic diet and its health effects. Therefore, although the ketogenic gluten-free diet can be adapted, its sustainability for a long time is debatable.