We don't cook Keto at Cooked for a variety of reasons, but we certainly understand that it works for some people-- and it works in a serious way! At Cooked we find that the Keto diet is simply very rigid, and unless it is done right, it is easy to miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals your body needs. How to do it right, you ask? Well, it's hard to say-- so we suggest you work 1 on 1 with a nutritionist if you think it's right for you. Doing it wrong could put your body at risk for a variety of illnesses.
Having said that, we love a lot of Keto foods! Our favorites include avocados, eggs, grass fed steak, fatty fish, nuts, vegetables (non-starchy), and berries. However, some of the foods that are encouraged on the Keto diet are simply harmful for your body and your health, especially eaten in some of the ways suggested. So if you are tempted to try out the Keto Diet, read this first:
1. Low-Carb Sugar-Free Snacks and Treats:
No, being on a "diet" should not involve filling your pockets with sugar free candies. Sure, they might be ok from a calorie perspective, if that is what you are focusing on, but eating a bunch of processed foods, chemicals, and fake sugars can knock your blood sugar out of wack and can be seriously harmful for your health down the line.
2. Processed Meats-
Nitrates? Nitrites? Preservatives? No matter what diet you proscribe to, you really don't want to be eating a lot of these: that means bacon, hot dogs, and even deli meats. They are linked to cancer and are bad for your body in a whole host of ways. Keep them for special occasions if possible.
3. Pork Rinds-
This stuff is like popcorn to some Keto fans. But nutritionists have weighed in and pork rinds are simply not great from a health standpoint. Plus they often are tossed in other stuff (corn flour and sugars, for example) that are not really recommended, even by the Keto fans.
4. Low Fat Yogurt-
Most people think they are loading up on protein when they eat a yogurt, but low fat yogurts are higher in carbs and less filling. A small whole milk yogurt will bring you about 11g of carbs, while the low fat variety can often serve as much as 16g. Stick to the good stuff!
As always, be sure to consult your nutritionist or doctor before making any big changes to your diet!
- Sources: https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/g21649128/keto-diet-foods-list/